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Video: 10 Minutes at Bay & College

I had such a good time filming everyone on the “Ride for Jarvis, Ride for Toronto” ride on Wednesday (and then speeding it up and putting it to music), I thought it would be interesting to do something similar to watch traffic patterns at an intersection.

I found a place I could see most of the Bay & College intersection on Friday morning and filmed it for 10 minutes (8:50 – 9:00 am) … I’ve since speeded it up 4x so the below video is only about 2.5 minutes long… then I watched it numerous times and counted the number of bikes and cars using the intersection. (These numbers follow the video below). The music in the video is “Rest” by Parts and Labor.

 

Vehicles using Bay & College intersection

Date & Time: Fri, July 22, 2011 from 8:50 – 9:00 am

College & Bay during the G20 in 2010

Bicycles:

Eastbound:    46
Westbound:    29
Northbound:    10
Southbound:    20

Total Bikes: 105

Cars:

Eastbound:    51
Westbound:    46
Northbound:    68
Southbound:    72

Total Cars: 237

Percentage of Vehicle Users on Bikes:

Eastbound:    47%    (46/97)
Westbound:    39%   (29/75)
Northbound:    13%    (10/78)
Southbound:    22%    (20/92)

Overall:  31%  (105/342)

Notes:

1) I have made a distinction between “regular cars” (ie. people driving to work, etc) and taxis, TTC vehicles, and business vehicles (ie. vans or pick-up trucks that are filled with goods, or have a logo or something on the side).  The purpose here is to see how many “regular people” (on bikes or in cars) are using the intersection.

2) It should be noted that this intersection is the eastern start of the westbound College St. bikelanes.  The Eastbound College St. bikelane actually ends one street east (at Elizabeth St.).  Bay St. does not have bikelanes, but the curblanes are supposed to be used by only bikes, taxis and buses.  It doesn’t work that way in practice…. and Bay is still pretty bike unfriendly.

2a) A delivery truck is parked in the College bikelane for a good portion of this video.

3) I have not endeavoured to count pedestrians in this video yet… but you can tell that they FAR outnumber every other mode of transport.

 

[College and Bay photo by ajcgn on Flickr]

  • Rico

    Good show, Joe. You need a tripod. Even though mine broke, I suggest the following:

    http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/szcapital88/Flex_Tripod-3.jpg

    I was going to do the same for 10 minutes at other intersections and count the infractions by both cyclists and vehicles and pedestrians. Pedestrians are just as stupid these days. Driving or cycling in this city is just plain outrageous.

    Cheers

  • Joe

    It’s amazing how pedestrians and cyclists still get the shaft in terms of infrastructure when it is clear there are significant volumes to support the citizens not hiding behind their 2 ton steel cages.

    If commen sense ruled instead of cheeseburgers, then we’d have 1 lane each way for cars, 1 lane each way for bikes, and wider sidewalks.