Lulie Street traffic conclusions

The traffic survey undertaken for Lulie Street, Abbotsford, identified three significant patterns.

First, the majority of the traffic using Lulie Street passes through, compared with arriving at or departing the street. Only a small percentage of vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian journeys start or finish within the site area.

  • During peak periods, 94% of all traffic passes through the street. This equates to 546 of 582 vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians each hour.
  • During off-peak periods, 82% of all traffic passes through. This equates to 166 of 202 vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians each hour.

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Secondly, the predominant mode of transport using the street is the car.

  • During peak periods, 65% of all traffic, whether passing through, arriving at or departing the street are cars. This equates to 378 of 582 total users each hour.
  • During off-peak periods, 56% of all traffic, whether passing through, arriving at or departing the street are cars. This equates to 114 of 202 total users each hour.

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Thirdly, there is very little difference between the volumes of traffic travelling south towards Johnston Street and north towards the Eastern Freeway. Peak and off-peak times demonstrate relatively even percentages of traffic travelling in both directions.

  • During peak periods, 58% of all traffic travels south towards Johnston Street and 42% north towards the Eastern Freeway.
  • During off-peak periods, 46% of all traffic travels south towards Johnston Street and 54% north towards the Eastern Freeway.

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The following conclusions were established based on my observations:

  • There is a significantly lower volume of vehicles and bicycles arriving at or departing Lulie Street, as opposed to passing through. This indicates that Lulie Street is primarily used as a thoroughfare. Perhaps the street is used as an alternative route to avoid the traffic congestion on Hoddle Street.
  • Despite Lulie Street’s close proximity to Victoria Park train station, the street is dominated by vehicle use with cars being the most common form of transport along the street.
  • The volumes of traffic travelling towards Johnston Street and the Eastern Freeway are similar, supporting the notion that Lulie Street is often used as a rat run.
  • Vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian movement through the street is considerably higher during peak times than off-peak times. Based on my observations, around 8.00 – 9.30am would be considered morning peak and around 4.30 – 6.00pm evening peak. The majority of vehicles that arrive at the street park along it or in the $4 per day car park in the morning and then catch the train.

Image sources

  1. Traffic arriving, passing through and departing, this and subsequent images copyright the author.
  2. Volumes of bicycles, vehicles and pedestrians.
  3. Direction of traffic flow.
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