AMS Unique traffic flow study

On Saturday 28 March, the Urban Mobility Lab (UML), part of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), conducted a transport and traffic flow study around three major events held at the ArenA, Ziggo Dome and Heineken Music Hall venues in Amsterdam. This was a unique study because it is the first time that the flow of pedestrians, vehicles and public transport has been charted at such a busy location in this way. Potential outcomes for the study could include improved traffic-light regulation, alternative landscaping of public areas or better distribution of car parks. The results of the study will be shared with the Municipality of Amsterdam.

The study uses innovative measurement technology to chart, visualise and analyse several different traffic flows at the same time. Six cameras at four strategic sites in and around the ArenA Boulevard were used to record pedestrians in that area. Data was also collected on traffic levels on motorways and at junctions, route information panels, car park occupancy levels and the use of public transport chip cards. It may also be possible to collate additional information from tweets.

Further research
Later this year, UMT will also be carrying out research at other busy events in the city. This too will be based on simultaneous analysis of several different traffic flows.

This extensive study involves collaboration with various different parties. For example, research information was sourced from the executive transport agency Rijkswaterstaat, the municipal transport operator GVB and the Province. To enable potential solutions to be applied, we are sharing the results of the study with the Municipality of Amsterdam.

Partners UML
– TU Delft / DiTTlab
– Goudappel Coffeng
– Municipality of Amsterdam / DIVV

For more information
Urban Mobility Lab

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