Comment 116994

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted March 13, 2016 at 14:51:07 in reply to Comment 116990

I'm definitely interested in looking into Placemeter more closely. In the meantime, it's important to note that Google traffic (both Live and Typical) is already an ingenious - and quite accurate - measure of how fast traffic is moving.

On streets that have enough traffic to get a representative read, Google collects anonymized data from mobile devices with Google Maps installed on how quickly they are moving along the street. (They also tap into live traffic sensor data where available.) The service then represents this as a colour-coded layer on the Google Maps application.

This is live, empirical, realtime data from users on the street - and yet opponents of complete streets wave their hands and claim that it 'must be wrong' because it contradicts their feelings.

Not too long ago I took the following photo of Garth Street in the middle of PM rush-hour:

Garth Street during PM rush hour

This is not a street with a gridlock problem. It is a street with a dangerous speeding problem, which is why Hamilton Police so frequently set up speed traps on Garth.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2016-03-13 14:54:27

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