My recent survey of car, bicycle and pedestrian traffic on North and Clark Streets in Richmond identified three major patterns of use.
First, a large majority of the traffic is made up of car usage. The streets are least used by bicycle traffic.
- 2,204 cars use the street each day. On average that is one journey every 39 seconds (196 trucks or vans use the street each day. On average that is one journey every 440 seconds).
- 312 bikes use the street each day. On average that is one journey every 276 seconds.
- 764 pedestrians use the street each day. On average that is one journey every 112 seconds.
In addition, it is interesting to see the disproportionate number of pedestrians, when compared to cars and bicycles, who either arrived at or departed from North and Clark Streets as part of their journey.
- 9% of cars either arrive at or depart from the streets.
- 1% of bicycles either arrive at or depart from the streets.
- 51% of pedestrians either arrive at or depart from the streets.
Second, there is a dramatic difference in traffic when comparing peak, daytime and night time periods. What we can also see very clearly is a strong pattern of cars travelling east-west along North Street during peak periods and during the day. This could be due to cars rat-running to avoid traffic along Bridge Road and Burnley Street.
- 52% of the car traffic during peak times is heading east-west.
- 30% of the car traffic during the daytime is heading east-west.
- Car traffic drops to 23% at night compared to peak times.
- There is consistent pedestrian traffic during different times of the day.
- There is consistent bike traffic during different times of the day.
Third, the street is predominantly used as an area of commercial exchange by pedestrians at night. This is primarily due to the high pedestrian traffic to and from the Roysten Pub and Mountain Goat Brewery, which turns into a bar and function room some nights.
- Almost 75% of commercial traffic comes from pedestrians.
- 68% of commercial traffic comes from pedestrians at night.
- It is worth noting that there are little to no commercial activities on the weekends during the day.
In summary, my research and analysis concludes that:
- A large majority of traffic is in cars.
- North and Clark Streets are hardly used by bicycles.
- Car traffic drops dramatically at night.
- Most car traffic travels east-west.
- Pedestrians are most likely to arrive at and depart from the street.
- Pedestrians account for almost 75% of the commercial use on the street.
- Overall traffic, this and subsequent images copyright the author.
- Amount and direction of traffic.
- Commercial street usage.