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#1 Mike K.

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 10:46 AM

I figured it would be a good idea to monitor levels of traffic congestion throughout the urban core of Victoria.

 

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of the Google map.

 

Of note in the map below is the congestion on Douglas between Belleville and Discovery, or right through the downtown core, and again on Douglas between Topaz and Saanich road in both directions. I believe there's some road work happening along that stretch of Douglas.

 

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 11:09 AM

I figured it would be a good idea to monitor levels of traffic congestion throughout the urban core of Victoria.

 

For anyone posting a map, please ensure to:

 

1) note the DATE

2) note the TIME

 

of the Google map.

 

Of note in the map below is the congestion on Douglas between Belleville and Discovery, or right through the downtown core, and again on Douglas between Topaz and Saanich road in both directions. I believe there's some road work happening along that stretch of Douglas.

 

Victoria-congestion-April-30-2015-11-35AM.jpg

 

These are approximate values and I honestly wouldn't place much stock in them except maybe as aggregate.


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#3 Mike K.

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 11:16 AM

Oh for sure, I don't think there's really anything quite as reliable as hardware on the roads to tell us what's going on, but Google's system is pretty darned good all things considered.


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Posted 04 May 2015 - 03:40 PM

May 4, 2015 at 4:36PM.

 

 

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 06:17 AM

Ive been wondering if they changed the light cycle at Finlayson/Blanshard. Getting so bad there lately and I don't remember it being so bad in the past.



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Posted 05 May 2015 - 07:08 AM

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#7 Mike K.

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 07:11 AM

Ive been wondering if they changed the light cycle at Finlayson/Blanshard. Getting so bad there lately and I don't remember it being so bad in the past.


That's likely from traffic diverting off Douglas to avoid the bus lane construction.

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 07:57 AM

The discussion on the McKenzie interchange has been moved to http://vibrantvictor...erchange/page-9 :)


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 11:20 AM

That's likely from traffic diverting off Douglas to avoid the bus lane construction.

 

Cook has also been closed so Finlayson has been packed most days. They may have changed the light timing there to accommodate all that extra traffic coming down Finlayson.



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Posted 05 May 2015 - 02:18 PM

Cook has also been closed so Finlayson has been packed most days. They may have changed the light timing there to accommodate all that extra traffic coming down Finlayson.

 

Traffic in that area has been a mess for months with Cook Street closed between Quadra and Maplewood and now Hydro is doing work on Quadra and there is a sign up warning of pending sewer relining further down Blenkinsop, not to mention that addition of a new bike lane on Maplewood from Ocean View to Cook.

Drivers are trying to escape the work being done on bus lanes along Douglas.

I think they just need to turn the city into one big traffic circle and that will solve it all... :)


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 02:21 PM

Traffic in that area has been a mess for months with Cook Street closed between Quadra and Maplewood and now Hydro is doing work on Quadra and there is a sign up warning of pending sewer relining further down Blenkinsop, not to mention that addition of a new bike lane on Maplewood from Ocean View to Cook.

Drivers are trying to escape the work being done on bus lanes along Douglas.

I think they just need to turn the city into one big traffic circle and that will solve it all... :)

 

Once every street has separated bike lanes and we whittle all 4 lane roads down to 2 lanes with 15km/h speed limits everything will be fine.


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 02:23 PM

Once every street has separated bike lanes and we whittle all 4 lane roads down to 2 lanes with 15km/h speed limits everything will be fine.

 

The low speed limits will reduce vehicle traffic so we won't need all those lanes, don't cha know?

 

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 02:23 PM

Holy moly, driving around town has been a nightmare today. Speeds are at 30-35 as vehicles in single lanes of what were once two lane roads trudge along. This is all coming together as an epic waste of people's time and an epic waste of gas while vehicles pollute more.
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#14 Mike K.

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 03:16 PM

These are approximate values and I honestly wouldn't place much stock in them except maybe as aggregate.

 

I think we can put a lot more stock into Google's traffic stats than we originally thought:

 

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 06:30 PM

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 06:37 PM

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 05:02 AM

Well since everyone's phone is a little traffic reporting device the results should be spot on!
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Posted 07 May 2015 - 07:42 AM

Only if Google maps is running, I think? I don't leave it running as it chews up my battery unless I'm actually using the GPS on it.



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Posted 07 May 2015 - 08:00 AM

Google uses wireless signal data to triangulate your location whether or not your maps are running. Since wireless signals rarely, if ever, switch locations, tracking with them is spot-on. The Google Maps cars that buzz around collect that data from what I understand. Coupled with those who do have tracking enabled on their maps the results are pretty darned good.


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Posted 07 May 2015 - 08:04 AM

Hence why I don't have a Google and turn off traffic/location data collection.


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