Palmer Street traffic analysis

Traffic Analysis

I observed and counted all traffic passing through Palmer Street during the following periods:

  • Weekday morning peak
  • Weekday evening peak
  • Weekday daytime
  • Weekday night time
  • Weekend daytime
  • Weekend night time

Traffic counted includes:

  • Cars passing through the street (including direction and speed)
  • Bicycles
  • Pedestrians
  • Activities of cars and pedestrians e.g. parking, residential use

The peak period of use of the street is heavily influenced by the school day of Sacred Heart School, located on the corner of Palmer and Nicholson Streets. A large number of parents were observed picking up and dropping off their children. Many students also use the street on foot to walk to and from school.

20141001 palmer street traffic #1

Weekday morning peak
7.30am
Clear, 15km/h wind, 10 degrees

Cars: 87
Bicycles: 7
Pedestrians: 182
Pets and motorbikes: 0

20141001 palmer street traffic #2

Weekday daytime
9.30am
Sunny, 15km/h wind, 17 degrees

Cars: 40
Bicycles: 12
Pedestrians: 60
Pets and motorbikes: 4

20141001 palmer street traffic #3

Weekday afternoon peak
3pm
Sunny, 15km/h wind, 20 degrees

Cars: 80
Bicycles: 6
Pedestrians: 151
Pets and motorbikes: 0

20141001 palmer street traffic #4

Weekday night time
6pm
Light rain, 18km/h wind, 13 degrees

Cars: 38
Bicycles: 2
Pedestrians: 68
Pets and motorbikes: 0

20141001 palmer street traffic #5

Weekend daytime
10am
Sunny, 10km/h wind, 19 degrees

Cars: 20
Bicycles: 3
Pedestrians: 55
Pets and motorbikes: 0

20141001 palmer street traffic #6

Weekend night time
6pm
Clear, 13km/h wind, 14 degrees

Cars: 38
Bicycles: 2
Pedestrians: 68
Pets and motorbikes: 0

A summary of this information is as follows:

Overall

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Speed and frequency

20141001 palmer street traffic #8

  • Cars travel at an average speed of 20 km/h.
  • Cars spend on average 13.5 seconds in the street as many of them enter at Nicholson Street and turn off immediately after the school down Royal Lane.
  • Low bicycle use.
  • The dominant use of the street is by pedestrians (large number and more frequently).

20141001 palmer street traffic #9

  • Pedestrians move more quickly during peak periods than off-peak periods.
  • Bicycle speed remain constant across both periods.
  • Car spend more time on the street during peak periods, due to parents finding parking spots to wait for their children.
  • Cars use the street more frequently during peak periods than off-peak periods.

Street usage

20141001 palmer street traffic #10

20141001 palmer street traffic #11

  • The majority of traffic uses the section of the street between Nicholson Street and Royal Lane. This is likely due to the street being used as a shortcut to avoid the Nicholson Street / Victoria Parade intersection to the south.
  • Only 0.01% of traffic originates from Little Fleet Street, considered therefore as a dead end street.

Image sources

  1. Weekday morning peak, this and subsequent images copyright of author.
  2. Weekday daytime.
  3. Weekday afternoon peak.
  4. Weekday night time.
  5. Weekend daytime.
  6. Weekend night time.
  7. Traffic summary.
  8. Speed and frequency.
  9. Peak vs. off-peak.
  10. Pedestrian routes.
  11. Car routes.
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