I decided to investigate Abbotsford laneways because I believe they are dark spaces just left around the city. I have always been curious about how people use these streets. I have chosen the section of Little Charles Street between Victoria and Langridge Streets. I am interested in this street because part of it is lined with a tall, blank wall that disrupts the human scale of the street, while the other part is mostly filled with residences with very limited outdoor space.
Little Charles Street is 5m wide. The section I am working on in this studio is 190m long. I believe this part has the potential to develop into an interesting lane way. Even though it is narrow and experiences very low traffic volume, it has a rich and unusual mix of building uses.
The following data has been collected in late August across 6x 1 hour sessions. In these sessions, I counted the numbers of cars, bicycles and pedestrians observed using the street.
- Weekday morning peak, this and subsequent images copyright of author.
- Weekday daytime.
- Weekday evening peak.
- Weekday night time.
- Weekend daytime.
- Weekend night time.