GreenWay - Pulling a Key Level to Reduce Congestion
GreenWay is a live functional web app that navigates shows you between any two points in the Greater Sydney Area with routes that prioritise greenery and avoid the urban heat of the built up in environment. It also shows you heat maps for the area showing the levels of vegetation cover and temperature, block by block. Making the route more comfortable encourages out of their air conditioned cars on hot days.
We used NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment's open data via SEED (Urban Heat Island and Urban Vegetation Cover) and created visual heat maps for visualisation, and integrated it into our navigation routing engine to upweight trees and cool regions while still considering fast routes.
Greater Sydney Region Urban Vegetation Cover to Modified Mesh Block 2016
Description of Use: Used in our Greenway project to provide navigation routes which favour vegetated areas. The idea being that a slightly longer route, but which has more green vegetation would be a more pleasant walk, than the shorter but non-green route.
NSW Urban Heat Island to Modified Mesh Block 2016
Description of Use: Used in our Greenway project to provide navigation routes which favour cooler areas bypassing areas with a high urban heat island affect. The idea being that a longer route though a cooler area (based on the urban heat island data) would be more favourable than a shorter route where it's hotter due to the urban heat island affect.
Description of Use: We've used OpenStreetMap data to power our navigation routing engine, for our project Greenway - a navigation app that prefers cooler, greener routes.
What are the key levers that can be affected to ease congestion in NSW?
Using open data and other data sources, what can you infer that can be changed by Transport for NSW to help ease congestion? This can be congestion from people, cars, train passengers, on a platform or queuing for a bus or just generally on a road.
What has happened in the past? What information can we provide customers, bus drivers or employers to assist in easing congestion?
Note: this is not just road congestion. It can be viewed holistically or at a microlevel – for say an intersection.
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