Friday, April 13, 2012

Sync City: Placement of Bridge: Human Traffic Flow Modeling

The fictional city of Sync, Alberta, (population 1.2Million) is seeking to increase access to an inner city island, Mac Island, located on the river that runs through the city.

After years of neglect, Mac Island is being dramatically transformed. Upon completion, there will be a significant increase in traffic to Mac Island, originating from all areas of the city.

The city has a Light Rail Transit system that has a station directly across from Mac Island. Sync's Public Transit system is averaging close to 1/2 million riders/day.

Mac Island is also located close to an old area of the city, The Yeast Village (former bread & beer making district) that is going through an aggressive redevelopment. That redevelopment will, at build out, see the Yeast Village reach a community population of 11,500.

The City of Sync itself, has adopted numerous policies, including imagineSync & PlanSync (merging of Sync's Municipal Development Plan (MDP) & Sync's Transportation Plan), that create targets and policy for future development. Based on sustainability principles for long term growth including Triple Bottom Line, The Melbourne Principles, SMART Growth and a number of other factors, The City of Sync is clearly (at least on paper/policy), committed to a sustainable future and development guided by these principles.

In this simulation, based on the information provided above, locate the bridge(s) to best facilitate pedestrian & bike traffic to Mac Island.

Apply Transit Oriented Development or Transit Oriented Design (TOD) principles: Maximize access to public transport

Apply Triple Bottom Line thinking.

Apply  The Melbourne Principles.

Apply SMART Growth.

Locate the bridge(s) to maximize efficient movement of human traffic. You can add, remove or keep (ARK) all bridge(s).

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