Traffic Count and Address Point Data Now Available on City's Open Data Portal
Feb 5, 2018
Local traffic counts are among the newest data collections to be included on the City of Greater Sudbury’s Open Data Portal.
The traffic counts are a tally of how many vehicles or pedestrians pass by an area during a specified amount of time. The counts were conducted at 401 intersections and 1,679 sections of road within the city.
“The addition of new datasets to the Open Data Portal is an important part of the City’s continued commitment to open and transparent governance,” said City of Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “The additional data provides residents with an even better understanding of their community and encourages engagement through the sharing of information and the creation of new and innovative applications.”
The City uses the traffic count numbers to analyze traffic conditions and decide on possible improvements to traffic circulation. Residents can use the information to plan a route to work, inform their choices on relocating to a new area, or simply to learn about traffic volumes in their neighbourhood.
Address Points, one of the City’s most requested datasets, is also now available on the Open Data Portal.
The Address Points are geographic points representing more than 60,000 addresses in Greater Sudbury. Each address contains the street number, street name and the community name.
The City of Greater Sudbury’s Open Data Portal has recently undergone a redesign to improve ease of use of the site. To view all datasets, and suggest new ones, visit opendata.greatersudbury.ca.
The Open Data portal is part of the City of Greater Sudbury’s Council-endorsed Open Government model, based on the principles of Open Information, Open Data, Open Dialogue and Open Doors. Open Government is a movement that is endorsed by international, federal and provincial governments to move accountability and transparency to a higher and more comprehensive level.
Forty-seven open datasets are available through the City’s Open Data Portal. They include information such as licensed childcare locations, parks and playgrounds, active building permits, ward maps, business licences and employee travel expenses. Through the Open Data Portal, anyone can download the information or view it on an interactive map, table or chart. Developers can use available data to create free web or mobile applications such as transit apps, city facility locators and other.
The Open Cities Index measures the readiness, implementation and impact of participating cities’ open data initiatives. In the 2017 Open Cities Index, the City of Greater Sudbury ranked as one of Canada’s Top 20 Most Open Cities. The City placed third when compared to other municipalities in the 100,001 to 250,000 population category.
For more information about the City’s Open Data Portal, visit www.greatersudbury.ca/opendata.
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