Traffic and pollution

The WeCount project will provide local communities in the Greater Dublin area with the tools to measure traffic in their neighbourhoods. Telraam traffic counting sensors will be installed on participants’ windows and will count cars, trucks, bicycles and pedestrians on local streets.

Traffic is at the core of a variety of societal problems ranging from road safety, air, noise and light pollution, to public health risks, to the liveability of our communities. However, obtaining objective traffic counts can be difficult, because local authorities usually only have the resources to monitor a limited number of roads. Therefore, the WeCount project has the opportunity to greatly improve data available on traffic in Greater Dublin – with the help from local citizens!

University College Dublin is organising the WeCount project in Dublin and will facilitate workshops where local communities can discuss their concerns around traffic in their neighbourhoods and can learn more about how to analyse traffic data. In addition, University College Dublin will install a limited number of citizen science environmental sensors to monitor air and noise pollution in strategic locations. This data will supplement the traffic data to establish the pathway from sources to local pollution problems.