You may have seen slim black tubes laid across a road and wondered what they were for. These are traffic counters which record information about the number of vehicles using a road, their speed, length and classification.
Traffic counters are typically in place for seven days per count site. The information collected enables Council to understand how many vehicles are on our roads, which helps with planning new routes and scheduling maintenance.
The counters do not record cyclists or other forms of non-motorised traffic.
Search a street
A spreadsheet showing traffic volumes on Hastings streets is available through the 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page.
To search for a particular street select 'Ctrl' + 'F' (control find) at the same time. That will bring up a search box at the top of the page. Type in the street name and select enter.
As volume can vary along the length of a road, most roads are broken into sections, corresponding with intersecting side roads.
Traffic volumes are in the highlighted 'Traffic Est' column. The estimated figure is the average amount of traffic using that section of road on a day-to-day basis. The totals are annualised, taking seasonal variance, network use and growth into account.
Most of the entries also show the percentage of the traffic classed as 'heavy', and the average speed of vehicles.
The information is updated annually, although not all roads have an annual assessment.
Council's Traffic Counting Strategy, see the 'related documents' section at the bottom of the page, is part of our Transportation Asset Management Plan.
More detailed analysis of traffic count data held by Council can be made available, however charges apply.
Typical data available includes:
- Class and speed matrix
- Speed histogram
- Weekly vehicle counts