Improving safety around Danish schools
Traffic safety around schools has been the local government’s main focus point for many years. Wanting to improve traffic safety around schools, several Danish municipalities asked our partner COWI to conduct a traffic analysis of local school areas to pinpoint potentially problematic areas. Thanks to drone technology and DataFromSky’s TrafficSurvey service, COWI was able to deliver an impressive documentation of the situation.
As road safety around schools is crucial, the municipality of Viborg wanted to pinpoint all potentially problematic areas. The main goal was to determine if the current design was safe for both cyclists and pedestrians arriving to school, as well as to get deeper insight into road users’ behavior (parking habits, use of zebra crossings, etc.).
All of these data should serve as a basis for new safety measures that will be used during upcoming design adjustments.
TrafficSurvey visualization of traffic by different vehicle types
Conducting the analysis
Instead of using old-fashioned manual counting, COWI decided to utilize a more modern approach, recording each of the areas with a drone capable of capturing the entire area from a single spot. The recording was done 20 minutes before 8 AM, when most of the lessons start in Denmark. This will ensure that the drone recording captures the period with the heaviest traffic in the areas.
Afterwards, COWI used TrafficSurvey online platform to get the desired insights. This way, it was possible to track down the movements of cars, bikes and pedestrians and investigate the crossings of their trajectories. Furthermore, they received an insight into traffic counts and people’s preferences of roads and parking lots.
Thanks to the rich data provided by the TrafficSurvey service, COWI was able to deliver elaborate documentation of the situation, as well as detailed information on traffic counts, pedestrian & car trajectories, zebra crossings or parking lot usage .
Several problematic areas were pinpointed around the schools, making the municipality aware of potential risks.
In many cases, new measures were undertaken to redirect the traffic and minimize the risk of collisions and make the journey to school safer for everyone.