Guidelines for Traffic Counting
The provision of up to date traffic count data on New Zealand’s local roads is extremely variable and generally poor overall, making it unlikely to meet planning and policy needs.
The lack of consistent and reliable data on the traffic using New Zealand’s local authority roads is not a new problem. Over the past 14 years there have been various attempts at creating a national traffic monitoring system to meet the needs of a range of agencies for a range of purposes.
Centrally driven, these initiatives have lacked the resources necessary for a nationwide initiative and have failed to provide on-going development and support. As a consequence, these national traffic databases have not been maintained, and their usefulness has declined.
This guide represents a significant change in thinking, proposing a bottom-up process that seeks to provide RCAs with the knowledge, tools and systems to improve their local traffic monitoring.
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