Bicycles and pedestrians normally have their own lanes. The city of Amsterdam wanted to investigate if the flow of people would improve if these explicit pathways would be removed. This way, the thousands of pedestrians and bicycles would have to find their own way. People arrive from different sides and merge and cross along at the Central Station along the river “Ij”. Persons move between the ferries, taxi stands, the Central Station and the bicycle tunnel under the station. Won't these chaotic flows of people in such a “Shared Space” be problematic?
ViNotion was asked to measure if this plan really worked. During several weeks the number of pedestrians and bicycles was counted using ten ViSense counting cameras and their movement trajectories was analysed. Apart from some minor collisions, the people flow actually seemed to improve. The advanced ViSense, with an accuracy of over 95%, analysis systems proved perfectly suited for the outdoor analysis of large numbers of people. The flow of all pedestrians and bicycles was accurately measured and interpreted.
Interested in more insight of the CrowdDynamics system for smar mobility research? Checkout the research that at the Kleine Berg in Eindhoven, shown in the video below.