A Complete Street on Commercial Drive? Preliminary Report
In an effort to support a complete street on Commercial Drive, we spent September and October conducting activity observations. To gauge the impact of a separated cycling lane on Commercial Drive, we looked to Union Street as a precedent due to its similar mix of commercial and residential activity. Our main finding is that people experience most of their time on Commercial Drive as a pedestrian, including people that drive and park. When compared with Commercial Drive, Union Street moves 4 times the number of people cycling but maintains the same proportion (%) of people shopping and staying. Union Street is also able to support its businesses with one-fifth of Commercial Drive’s vehicular traffic. We also documented some of this activity through simple timelapse videos (see below).
EDITOR’S NOTE 11/5/2014: After reviewing the traffic volume numbers (for absorption potential) it was determined that the numbers were displaying a two hour average. We’ve since updated the numbers to represent the per hour average. On the other hand the road capacity figures were updated based on new literature from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute to more closely reflect the available capacity.
Our preliminary findings and data have been published in a short, four page report. A more comprehensive report is to follow.
REPORT (PDF): Slow Streets- Commercial Drive Preliminary Report
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Main Street and Union Street at Night Timelapse
Union and Main Street Timelapse #1
Union and Main Street Timelapse #2
Commercial Drive and 3rd Street Timelapse
Commercial Drive and 6th Street Timelapse