A high number of vehicles in urban areas is causing numerous societal challenges, including congestion, air pollution and poor public health.
WeCount sets out to address these challenges by putting citizens at the heart of research and policy-making on urban mobility. WeCount takes an innovative citizen science approach to gather data on local mobility issues through road traffic sensors. Road traffic counting sensors are mounted on participating households’ windows facing a road, which allows authorities to quantify local road transport and the speed of cars, large vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Crowd-sourcing methods of data collection provide a cost-effective option for local authorities at a far greater temporal and spatial scale than what would typically be possible in classic traffic counting campaigns, and will therefore open up new opportunities for transportation policy-making and research.
Data gathered will be used to formulate informed solutions to tackle a variety of local road transport challenges, thus improving quality of life at the neighbourhood level.
WeCount builds on the success of the Telraam project in Flanders, and is being carried out in five pilot cities: Madrid, Ljubljana, Dublin, Cardiff and Leuven. The project started in December 2019 and culminates in November 2021.
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