Challenges of Traffic Surveying in Western Australia
At this month’s Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management Perth conference we were enriched with three insightful presentations from Traffic Data professionals. This included a thought-provoking demonstration of the challenges of conducting traffic surveys in WA and how to overcome them.
Below we have summarised three issues mentioned at the conference and what solutions are available:
Vulnerable road users are invisible
Data about vulnerable road users (motorcycles and bikes) cannot be seen using the Australian standard Classification Scheme – AustRoads ’94. This scheme lumps cars, motorbikes and bicycles into one class. To solve this, we need to consider using a different classification scheme such as VRX, which is currently being used state-wide by VicRoads.
Poor data sharing
At this point in time, traffic data sharing between neighbouring or similar-sized councils is almost non-existent. Data sharing allows comparisons & projections to be made, as well as filling data gaps along roads running through multiple council boundaries. It’s also a practical way of infrastructure planning that benefits everyone. So how can we do this? MetroCount is close to releasing online software that enables viewing, managing and sharing of traffic data. Stay tuned for more news on this exciting solution!
Reactive traffic surveys
Conducting a traffic survey after a speed-related accident or before scheduled maintenance is currently the norm. However, surveys that are conducted pro-actively are more beneficial in identifying seasonal trends, year-on-year growth and hazardous areas before they become ‘BlackSpots’ . Implementing permanent systems using inductive loops or piezo strips is one way your traffic surveys could become more pro-active.