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International Womens Day

Here’s to strong women. May we know them, May we be them. May we raise them.

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Arterial Road vs Bike Lane

Arterial Road vs Bike Lane. The graph below shows the number of people per hour, divided by the width of the road/path. The Arterial Road wins by a fraction in this case. However, the road is at capacity, and the bikepath is under capacity.

Did I choose the most favourable time for the bikepath data ? - yes, Of course I did - I'm biased. However, it shows that the bikeway is able to carry similar volumes of people (per metre), and based on our previous surveys is faster.

In terms of total people per hour the Arterial Road moved 4,070 people and the bike path 589 people. The mode split for the Arterial Road shows the benefit of buses.

There is also a heavy Rail line parallel to these routes. Maybe we should add the rail data. Does anyone know the width of a rail carriageway?

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Unpaid Internships - My 2C

Unpaid internships are wrong. Normally the ugly underbelly of the finance / economic industry, this is creeping into the traffic and transport consulting industry.

If people do work for you, you need to pay them. Obviously their pay scale should reflect their experience and abilities.

I have seen some great paid internship programs that benefit the company more than the intern. It’s our duty to mentor, teach and expand interns ability, not getting “free labour”.

Note : When I googled this topic, google said “did you mean slavery”. My 2c.

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E-Scooter Update

Our Matrix Traffic and Transport Data February survey on the Bicentennial Bikeway produced some interesting data. There was a dramatic increase in Helmet use from the January survey. However, nearly all the increase was due to riders bringing their own helmets. This data is from AM peak heading to the city. Therefore you could expect the riders to be "sophisticated" commuters, who have started to plan their trips.

We also saw an increase in private E Scooter usage. Maybe Lime Scooters are a loss leading intro into this new transport mode? Not great for Lime investors, but a great initiative for Active Transport.

A Weekend walk around the Southbank precinct on the weekend revealed that most E Scooter users did not have helmets (Lime or their own). My theory being that these are tourist and infrequent users.

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E-Scooter Modal Share

I had a few queries on one of my last posts as to what % of modal share did E Scooters represent. I thought I would share the modal split. At the same time as this survey we did a vehicle occupancy survey on the parallel arterial road - Coronation Drive. It will be interesting to see if the 3 lane arterial road delivers more "people" than the 1 metre bike path.

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E Scooters Vs. Helmets

I am a huge E Scooter fan an advocate. However, we obviously have a problem in Brisbane with helmet usage.

This survey was done in the AM peak heading to the city. The Lime Scooter count for the 2 hours was relatively low (around 30).

It could reflect a desire not to wear helmets on new Lime Scooter users, or a logistics issue with the provision of helmets.

No matter your opinion on helmet use, they are here to stay in Australia and new transport modes must adapt. The law will not change.

We also count normal bicycles and helmet use as a control. 2% of bicycle riders did not where a helmet, compare with 73% of Lime Scooter users.

We will go back in a month and see if there are any changes.

Lime Scooters

5 Business Culture Changes

The 5 business culture changes Matrix Traffic and Transport Data made in 2018 that helped advanced our Matrix Culture.

1. Dog Friendly offices. A few minor issues, but an overall success. Not everyday, but the visits from our canine friends was a welcome change.

2. Work from home days. All permanent staff had the option to work one day a week at home. For most team members, working at home could happen 5 days a week. However, the physical connection of team member is still very important.

3. Weekly video hook-up. Not ground breaking, but the once a week video chat with all offices reminds us that we are one team.

4. Fundraising Activities. Our main event was a 42km charity walk. Team benefits realised in doing an "outside work" activity together as well as raising money for charities.

5. Annual Off Site Workshop. Off the Hobart this year. Great opportunity to share time together. More great ideas come from dinners and activities, than the 2 short formal "workshops".

Not everything works. Lunchtime Yoga sessions were cancelled as Matrix team members were more stressed from missing emails from clients than the benefits of a downward dog.

Business Culture

Matrix Tribe

We could be Bank robbers 🦹‍♂️🦹‍♀️. I have used the expression on a number of occasions. We see ourselves as a group of people with shared values and ideas.

The fact that we produce traffic and transport data is a minor part of our tribe. Quality, systems, communication, mate ship, support, fun, pride in product are the core outputs. Quality Traffic data is a demand that we are supplying. Product experience is also relevant.

I use Bank Robbers as a example of “we could do anything”. Like Ocean’s 11 planning a heist. Bags being George Clooney, or at least A bald George Clooney. Anyway, my 2c worth as we close out 2018 and enter 2019, “Year of the Client”.

Oceans 11

Glovebox your Mobile Phone. 🚘📱❌

This is a great movement. Proactively put your mobile phone in the glovebox when you get in the car. Make it a habit. Around 30% of all accidents link back to mobile phone use in cars. Matrix Traffic and Transport Data company policy. Make it your company policy.

Mobile phone

Is this the first battlefront of MAAS vs Ownership?

Traditionally we paid “by use” for modes of transport we could not afford to buy ourselves (eg Trains, Buses and Ferries). In general we pay for Taxis and Uber for irregular trips.

I believe that E Scooters are part of the transport solution. Their use can be divided into 2 categories.

1. Regular users - commuters (Eg Work / University).

2. Irregular users - Holidays, business meetings, leisure As E Scooters are portable, they are not as problematic as bicycles in terms of end of trip storage.

Therefore a regular user would find it more economical to buy outright an E Scooter than a PAYG scheme.

E Scooter rental apps (Bird / Lime) are therefore limited to irregular users. Their business model is limited to this market.

My other thought is that government could subsidise an E Scooter Rent to buy scheme. Especially for University students. Uni students are often early adopters and Universities are some of the largest traffic generators in the city.

E Scooters

Are podcasts making the commute more palatable?

27% of the population are listening to podcasts regularly. Drivers and passengers are now been given an option to listen to topical podcasts of their choice. Previously radio stations offered a mix of musics, ads and talkback that was pitch to a general age/gender bracket. Anecdotally, I have know of many examples of a 2 hour drive being turned into a pleasant experience by listening to a favourite podcast. It would be hard to get solid stats on this thesis. Just a thought.

Podcast Commute

30Km/H Speed Limits in CBD Precincts

30Km/H Speed Limits in CBD Precincts

We did a series of vehicle travel time surveys in Brisbane CBD. Half of the trips were done by vehicles with drivers never going over 30kph. The other half were done travelling as an average vehicle.

Multi Mode Commute - Who wins?

Multi Mode Commute - Who wins?

Multi Mode commute to work time results. The graph below shows the headline time results from Matrix Traffic and Transport Data journey to work experiment.

Cycling Gender Parity

Cycling Gender Parity

The continued discussion around gender parity on cycling trips. 

Perth Bike Survey

Matrix Traffic and Transport Data carried a series of pro bono surveys for Main Roads WA (MRWA). The surveys were done in order to provide some background data to MRWA in preparation for the proposed extension of the Fremantle Line PSP (Principal Shared Pathway) from Grant St to North Fremantle.  Matrix undertook the surveys as part of its ongoing pro-bono program to assist with the development of active transport in Australian cities.

As well as the gender / type / direction data, full turning movement counts were done to identify the cyclist and pedestrian movements at the current termination point of the PSP at Grant St.  We can make this detailed data readily available to anyone (see links below).

Perth Bike Survey Data Downloads