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Did you ever wonder why residential areas, business parks or campuses are designed as they are? Why moving around in modern areas feels so smooth?

Urban planners frequently interact with residents to learn about their habits and preferences to move around in an area, for instance daily commutes and routing choices. Information like that helps to identify the ideal layout for buildings as well as the optimal location of parking for bicycles and cars to optimize traffic flows, and promote sustainable mobility. Data about preferred routes indicates whether a path is suited for the expected mode of transport. To maximize the safety of people, simulations show if there are enough streetlights or how likely it is that people end up in impasses during an exceptional situation.

Sissel Arctander, Urban Planner from Trondheim, Norway explained to us how she and her team collect information about the commute to a specific campus online. In addition to a questionnaire, Sissel invites students and employees to draw their preferred commute to the campus with the Geoman.io Editor and send it to her via mail.

A path being mapped with the Geoman.io polyline drawing feature
A path being mapped with the Geoman.io polyline drawing feature

The aggregated data helps Sissel and a team of Urban Planners and Architects to determine where to orient the entrances of buildings, where visibility is most important and it provides first insights into routing optimizations. The most frequented routes are investigated for further improvement potential and optimized bicycle parking.

Learn more about the spatial preferences and routines of your audience and invite them to easily draw data on an online map with the Geoman.io Editor.


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