The M Project On Northbourne

johnboy 10 November 2010 18

bnerdal posted this video to YouTube with the following note:

The Movement, or M, Project captures people moving in their environement. The first form of movement to reach 1,000 causes the video to end.

This one was taken at the intersection of the Sullivan’s Creek Bike Path and Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

The time taken for 1,000 cars to pass by was 33 minutes.

The speed has been increased 11 fold.

For the record when the cars hit 1000 the other tallies were:

    Pedestrians – 38
    Bikes – 55
    Buses – 16
    Trucks – 15

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sepi sepi 10:30 am 11 Nov 10

buses are pretty packed around 8-9 am.

and i really hate those people who press the crossing button as they step off the curb too.

Genie Genie 10:24 am 11 Nov 10

arescarti42 said :

Mathman said :

arescarti42 said :

If that clip reveals anything, it is how much Canberrans love their cars (or hate their bus system, I’m not sure which).

1000 cars = 1000 people at worst case
16 busses = 1040 people at best case

I seem to remember reading somewhere that average occupancy for passenger cars is 1.2 people per car, so perhaps 833 people for 1000 cars.

833 people in 1000 cars…

OMG so you mean 167 cars are being driven by….. by…. by…… ummmmm NO ONE ????

Sgt.Bungers Sgt.Bungers 10:11 am 11 Nov 10

Statistics can be turned any which way 🙂

1000 cars at the Canberra peak hour average of 1.2 people per car = 1200 people.

But assuming all cars were 5 seat vehicles, it means 3800 empty seats went through that intersection in that 33 min period. What a waste.

Not sure what bus capacity is like either, but going via the randomly pulled 30%, that means 19 people on each bus. Approx 300 bus commuters. Seating capacity of 48 people on the average bus, means 464 empty bus seats went past.

Per person transported, empty bus seat numbers were less than half of empty car seat numbers.

Of course that figure could vary dramatically depending on how full those busses actually were… but even without a single passenger on them, there would have only been 768 empty bus seats going past.

I would like to see the same video taken at 8:30 – 9am, when there’ll be a massive increase in people on bikes and people on foot, thanks to kids heading to lyneham high and Dara. Same for 3:15 – 3:45. If the vid were taken at 5:15-5:45 on any given week day bike and bus share are also going to increase dramatically.

johnboy johnboy 10:10 am 11 Nov 10

Very Busy said :

Geez I hate it when people walk up to the crossing and press the button as they continue walking across the road against a red signal. They are then long gone when all the cars have to stop and wait for nobody. If you’re going to cross the road anyway, why press the button? It happens at 1:36 in the video.

You take the slower of your options do you?

Very Busy Very Busy 10:08 am 11 Nov 10

Geez I hate it when people walk up to the crossing and press the button as they continue walking across the road against a red signal. They are then long gone when all the cars have to stop and wait for nobody. If you’re going to cross the road anyway, why press the button? It happens at 1:36 in the video.

carnardly carnardly 9:28 am 11 Nov 10

what time of the day was it? Do it at peak hour and I know the bike number would increase.

arescarti42 arescarti42 12:39 am 11 Nov 10

Mathman said :

arescarti42 said :

If that clip reveals anything, it is how much Canberrans love their cars (or hate their bus system, I’m not sure which).

1000 cars = 1000 people at worst case
16 busses = 1040 people at best case

I seem to remember reading somewhere that average occupancy for passenger cars is 1.2 people per car, so perhaps 833 people for 1000 cars.

I’d ballpark average bus occupancy at say 30% of capacity for busy routes, so say 22 people per bus is 352 people, which is actually a fairly massive share for buses.

Take note people who spend considerable amounts of time stuck in traffic, 1 bus takes 16 cars off the road, that’s one hell of a way to reduce congestion.

Mathman Mathman 10:54 pm 10 Nov 10

arescarti42 said :

If that clip reveals anything, it is how much Canberrans love their cars (or hate their bus system, I’m not sure which).

1000 cars = 1000 people at worst case
16 busses = 1040 people at best case

anonymoose anonymoose 10:53 pm 10 Nov 10

If you want a higher number of idiot cyclists (taking up driving lanes rather than cycle lanes) I’d say watch in the to/from work hours. 16:30 still has too many mums in minibuses.

bigred bigred 9:18 pm 10 Nov 10

seriously weird. I am assuming it was shot from those grungy ACT housing flats by some unemployed druggie with very little to else to do.

arescarti42 arescarti42 8:06 pm 10 Nov 10

troll-sniffer said :

arescarti42 said :

If that clip reveals anything, it is how much Canberrans love their cars (or hate their bus system, I’m not sure which).

Looks like this was taken some time other than between 4pm-6pm, I wonder how the mode share would change if it was.

The very first screen of the video tells you it was 4.30pm – 5.03pm. Not that I want to upstage your observational powers, aw heck I just did. Sorry bout that.

So it does, you have Ninja like observational skills.

In that case I’m surprised by how little traffic was going along Northbourne at that time of day.

New Yeah New Yeah 7:25 pm 10 Nov 10

What a strange experience watching that was. When sped up, the traffic sounded a bit like a train.

farnarkler farnarkler 7:06 pm 10 Nov 10

Get it into the national gallery quick!!

Fiona Fiona 6:09 pm 10 Nov 10

oddly interesting.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 5:28 pm 10 Nov 10

How many motorcycles?

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 3:17 pm 10 Nov 10

arescarti42 said :

If that clip reveals anything, it is how much Canberrans love their cars (or hate their bus system, I’m not sure which).

Looks like this was taken some time other than between 4pm-6pm, I wonder how the mode share would change if it was.

The very first screen of the video tells you it was 4.30pm – 5.03pm. Not that I want to upstage your observational powers, aw heck I just did. Sorry bout that.

fgzk fgzk 2:13 pm 10 Nov 10

Great clip. Does anyone know how this was made and why.

arescarti42 arescarti42 11:50 am 10 Nov 10

If that clip reveals anything, it is how much Canberrans love their cars (or hate their bus system, I’m not sure which).

Looks like this was taken some time other than between 4pm-6pm, I wonder how the mode share would change if it was.

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