The concept is simple: with a sensor in combination with a low-cost computer and software, anyone can count the traffic in his or her street. And with this measurement data, an individual citizen or a group of citizens can contact the local or regional government.
The WeCount project will carry out five different pilot projects at the European level, each with 200 to 250 traffic counters (Telraam). The aim is to quantify local road transport, produce scientific knowledge in the field of mobility and environmental pollution, and devise informed solutions to tackle various road transport challenges. The findings will create new, low-threshold opportunities for transport policy-making and research.
[EN] The city of Leuven in Belgium, is a growing university city of just over 100.000 inhabitants 20 km east of Brussels. The city has been implementing traffic calming measures in the central zones for the past years. With plans for other urban zones in the pipeline.
[NL] Leuven is een groeiende universiteitsstad met iets meer dan 100.000 inwoners. In het stadscentrum werden de laatste jaren enkele autoluwe verkeersmaatregelen ingevoerd. Plannen voor de andere zones van de stad zitten in de pijplijn.Read more
Ljubljana is a political and cultural centre as well as the main commercial, business, congress, exhibition, transport, the scientific and educational centre of the Republic of Slovenia. Ljubljana is also Slovenia's largest employment centre with 180,000 jobs and its university centre with 41,000 students. Due to the daily migrants from the region to work and school, who mainly depend on the use of cars, Ljubljana has for many years been confronted with the problems of traffic and environmental problems.Read more
The pilot will focus on providing the Ringsend community with the tools to hearing their unheard voices. The Telraam sensors will be used to count both private traffic and on-road freight traffic while the citizen science environmental sensors developed as part of iSCAPE will be used to monitor air (NOx, PM1, PM2.5 and PM10) and noise pollution. This will establish a link between cause (traffic) and effect (local pollution) and thus provide evidence to support the local community concerns about the liveability of the area. UCD will analyse the collected data and link it to local meteorology and urban geometry to establish a more robust link between the measured data. UCD will work closely with the local community and organise data storytelling workshops, which will allow to periodically calibrate the sensors.Read more
The Cardiff case study will primarily explore the interlinkages between road transport and air pollution. Air pollution is linked to a number of health effects including respiratory and cardio-vascular disease and is considered the single largest environmental health risk in Europe. In the UK, one of the dominant sources of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5) is road transport.Read more