Session #3 of the Blackfriars Bridge Traffic Study (BBTS) was completed this morning, July 6, 2022, between 0700 and 0900 hours. This data will be revealing as it comes from the morning peak (rush) hours in the middle of a work week. We are now in the process of copying and shrinking the videos to enable insertion into our Adobe Premiere video-editting program. This should take a couple of days.
There are always unusual situations that arise when conducting such observations. In this Session a sidewalk sweeper appeared at the site travelling northbound on the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP), as shown in the photo below.
The narrow confides of the TVP make it difficult for units like this sweeper to conduct its maintenance activities in safety, as shown in the photo below.
It is important to document any safety-related problems in an unbiased and clear way. Some conflicts may be inevitable but if we done not identify them we will never know if some can be done to lessen their consequences. Once the basic volumes of traffic units have been reasonably well established at the Blackfriars Bridge we will be able to look more closely at some of these potential conflicts. Stay tuned for more data…