Vehicle Lateral Placements on Urban Roads

by Eric J. Miller, Research Assoc.; Univ. of Toronto-York Univ., Joint Program in Transportation, 42 St. George St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2E4,
Gerald N. Steuart, Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,


Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 5, Pg. 495-508


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Time-lapse photographs were taken of traffic flows on five streets of varying lane width in the Toronto region. From these photographs, time histories of lateral placements and forward speeds were obtained for each vehicle. The analysis of these data indicated that lateral placement is a function of vehicle size, lane width and lane type. It was further found that, in general, the smaller the expected variance in driver response for a given roadway, the closer to the left edge of the lane the vehicles track.

Subject Headings: Vehicles | Highways and roads | Urban areas | Traffic flow | Photography | Driver behavior | Streets | History | Data analysis | Flow duration | Toronto | North America | Ontario | Canada

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