Monday, October 16, 2006

traffic counts

Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) has a fun tool that might help you in finding low traffic routes to bike or walk. You can search many streets and intersections to find out the one- and two- way vehicle count for a 24 hour period. It also gives peak traffic times for your selection.

According to the data, Main Street south of Lakeview has the lowest traffic volume in the city (30 vehicles/day) while State Street south of Victor's Way is probably the most difficult street to cross (48,732 vehicles/day). Keep in mind traffic counts are not done on all sections of all streets. Also, some of the counts date back to 1988, so be sure to check that you are getting recent data.

We'd appreciate hearing any interesting, fun, and informative ways that others have found to use this data to inform their carfree travel decisions.

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