Bicycle counter on Burrard Bridge Bike lande.

Transportation Data Collection Program

We use various methods in determining traffic quantity and characteristics around the city. 

The methods can be categorized into these types:

Traffic count data helps us make traffic management decisions, such as when to implement:

  • Traffic-calming measures
  • Walking and cycling improvements
  • Traffic and parking regulations
  • Intersection and laning upgrades
  • Traffic signal timing modifications
  • Bus stop locations

For inquiries or data requests, email transportationdata@vancouver.ca

Permanent count stations

Permanent count stations for pedestrians, bikes, and vehicles are used to monitor temporal traffic pattern changes around the city. They provide hourly count data.

Short-term count data

Short-term count data is used to supplement permanent count data by providing specific metrics related to road user classification, turning counts, and speed data. Read below about the types of short-term counts.

Panel survey

The survey acts as a travel diary where individuals record the trips that they make on a given weekday. This trip data was then compared to previous panel surveys conducted from 2013 to 2019, allowing for analysis of transportation trends.

The panel survey helps to track progress towards Transportation 2040 goals for mode share targets (two-thirds of trips by sustainable modes by 2040) and vehicle-kilometres traveled (20% reduction from 2007 levels) as well as Climate Emergency goals (two-thirds of trips by sustainable modes by 2030).

Learn more and read past reports

Third party data collection on city streets

We request that third parties interested in installing counting equipment on City streets contact us at transportationdata@vancouver.ca to provide the dates, times, locations, and equipment type.

  Equipment installed by third parties that had not been agreed upon in writing by the City may be removed without notice.

Protection of privacy

No personal information is collected as part of the City’s traffic data collection efforts in adherence to BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.