Glasgow is an active and dynamic city. People travelling to their place of work or study mean that certain areas of the city are going to be busier than others at specific times of day.
Think of the knowledge that could be gained about Glasgow if we knew how many people were coming in and out the city-centre at different times, the main routes for doing this, and if we could visualise the flow of people between different areas?
With Data We Can!
Using Open Data it is possible to paint a picture to allow citizens to see how people are moving about the city at different times.
There are many ways in which we can monitor how busy the city centre is, for example manual counts, sensors on intelligent street lighting and traffic sensors. Information gathered from these methods is available on the Open Glasgow data portal.
Travelling by train?
By using data on the total number of people entering, exiting and changing at different stations, we can get an idea of the busyness of each station at different times.
A live feed of this information this could allow train users to plan their journey accordingly and save time on there commute.
Walking or cycling to work?
One way busyness can be measured is by positioning manual counting points throughout the city. Currently this type of manual count takes place at 39 locations in the city centre on an annual basis.
Manual counts focus on the number of pedestrians and cyclists in the area at specific times during the day/ night. This can give an indication of how busy a particular area is at a certain time, and what routes are most popular for those using active travel.
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Driving around the city?
Live feed data from traffic sensors located throughout the city can tell us a lot about vehicular journeys. These sensors are able to provide information on:
- Traffic speed, flow and congestion data.
- Car Park location and occupancy values
- Current incidents, accidents, road works and events, and predict future incidents based on events in the past
This will make it easier to divert traffic away from busy areas and ease congestion throughout the city.
Catching a cab?
Many taxi services use various GPS vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions to track journeys, including pick up and drop off points. This data gives a better understanding of how many people are travelling around the city and where they are going.
Using this data in conjunction with arrivals data at Glasgow airport could provide a better idea of how many people arriving at the airport are travelling to different parts of the city.
What are the possibilities?
This data can empower citizens to plan and change their routes to make their journey as efficient as possible, whether they are taking the train, walking to work or driving in the city. It could also allow businesses to plan ahead for busy times in their area.
Policy makers could also make use of this data to drive decisions about road infrastructure- for example creating one-way roads, changing location of car parks or creating cycle routes.
This data could even empower individuals to build their own apps to help out in busy morning rush- the possibilities are huge!
Have a safe journey!
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