Friday, April 13, 2012

Sync City: Placement of Bridge: Human Traffic Flow Modeling

Issue:
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.


Backgrounder:
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.


Assignment:
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.


Simulation:
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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