Measurement and Forecasting Tools
Each type of building generates freight and servicing tasks. Every weekday, approximately one commercial vehicle travels into Sydney CBD for every 20 people living or working inside the city.
In order for urban planners, developers and government to create places for people to live, socialise, shop and interact within the city environment, there needs to be an understanding of the freight task and its role in enabling this environment.
There are a number of ways to measure the activity of freight and servicing vehicles. These include the measurement of on street and off street activity as well as profiling expected demand by usage type through data collection, surveys and analysis. When developing a profile it is important to ensure all movements are captured, whether it is via a loading dock or from the kerb, by a cyclist or a walker and whether vehicles are parked legally or illegally.
Understanding the task
Each type of freight movement and servicing requirement has different operating characteristics. These characteristics need to be considered when planning loading and servicing facilities in buildings and precincts.
Loading facilities designed to accommodate the differing characteristics of freight and service vehicle movements they are likely to generate will help optimise operational efficiencies and, by doing so, minimise potential road network and kerbside impacts.
Businesses and customers generate a diversity of freight and servicing transport movements that occur every day. Appreciating the array and purpose of different types of transport in use can assist in planning for better city environments.