Results have now been tabulated showing the pedestrian volumes from Session #2 of the Blackfriars Bridge Traffic Study (BBTS) in London, Ontario. A reduction in pedestrian volumes of almost 100% was observed compared to Session #1. The table below shows the pedestrian results from Session #2.
In comparison, the table below shows the pedestrian results from Session #1.
Although there were fewer observed pedestrians in Session #2, a larger percentage of those turned toward crossing the Blackfriars Bridge in comparison to Session #1.
For example of the 140 pedestrians in Session #2 who approached the study area from SB TVP, NB TVP and NB Ridout, 72 persons turned to cross Blackfriars Bridge. This is slightly more than 50%. In contrast, in Session #1, 279 persons approached the study area from the three noted sources but only 98 persons turned to cross Blackfriars Bridge. This is only 35 % of that total. These results are from rather small numbers of observations so there is nothing conclusive to be drawn at this time.
In addition to the observations of pedestrians we have also kept track of “Non-Pedestrians”. These are persons who ride roller-blades, e-skateboards, e-scooters, electric or non-powered wheel-chairs, etc. and do not fit into the three categories (pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles) that we have been reporting. Interestingly, in Session #1 there were 25 observations of such Non-Pedestrians whereas in Session #2 there were 27. Specifically there were 11 observations of e-scooters in Session #2 whereas there were only 3 such observations in Session #1. It was also interesting to observe that in Session #1 there were 8 observations of elderly or infirm persons riding electric, medical carts or wheelchairs. In Session #2 there was only one such observation. Although the numbers discussed here are rather small they may provide some information about the differences in populations using the study area on a Sunday afternoon (Session #1) versus a peak-hour Friday afternoon (Session #2).
No detailed analyses have been conducted so far with respect to the speeds of the observed units and what traffic conflicts may exist. It is expected that such analyses will be performed sometime in the future. We expect to conduct Session #3 in the not too distant future and those results will be posted again on this Gorski Consulting website.