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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]

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Jarvis Bikelanes have only produced “slight” delays on car traffic

A report released last night (and reported on by the Star) has shown what every cyclist in the city was saying last year… that adding the much-needed bikelanes on Jarvis Street would not significantly delay car traffic.

The report confirms this – southbound traffic now takes 6-9 minutes (instead of the 6-8 minutes before the bikelanes).  Northbound traffic is a little bit slower (14 minutes instead of 10) due to a left-turn lane at Jarvis and Gerrard.

Bicycle traffic on Jarvis was measured in May 2010 and October 2010, and a 30% increase was observed.  That is HUGE, because October is not a “prime” cycling month, while May is.  Ideally, they’d do a bicycle count on Jarvis in May to achieve a true comparison.

Read the full article on the Star.com

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On The Blogs: Phantom Menace – Car Traffic Congestion in Toronto

No Car Traffic Congestion in TorontoYes, Toronto is a big city, and yes it has it’s share of car traffic congestion… but it’s not too bad, despite the assertions of some columnists.   The proof is a video of a morning bike commute on major roads, with almost no car traffic:

Looks like there’s plenty of room on Toronto roads for bicycles… sorry to say random nobody writing in the Globe and Mail…

See the congestion-less video at Duncan’s City Ride

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