For some time now we have been conducting an experiment in understanding public spaces with a large French metropolis.

The aim is to regularly capture what is happening in a place and identify trends, to better understand behaviours, and ultimately to help policy makers make the best decisions based on facts and not impressions.

The data we have accumulated so far has allowed us to create an average profile of traffic at a hub by day of the week. We study among other things pedestrian and vehicular traffic (cars, buses, bicycles, …). You can see below the smoothed data, hour by hour, cumulated over the beginning of the year 2020 (January to beginning of March).

smoothed data, hour by hour, cumulated over the beginning of the year 2020 (January to beginning of March).

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