2024 Traffic Data

About this data

The Town collects data to determine solutions to traffic flow problems during peak season.

Banff’s threshold for the onset of congestion and delays is considered to be approximately 24,000 vehicles per day entering the town, as measured by counters at the Banff Avenue entrance and the Norquay Road entrance. 

The Town’s goal is to minimize delays during peak periods, to under 15 minutes. 

The data and traffic cameras are used to determine if interventions are needed such as overriding the traffic lights at key intersections to move more vehicles through, to reduce backlogs.

January 2024 Traffic Stats

Main Entrances

January 2024 Main Entrances combined vehicle volumes were 383,876, a 3% decrease from January 2023 volumes and a 10% decrease from January 2019. The significant decrease versus 2019 and 2023 may be partially attributable to the extremely cold temperatures during one week this past month. However, January 2017 volumes were significantly higher even though the average temperatures were colder than January 2024.

The average daily High in January 2024 was -4.9C, the average daily Low -14.4, and 11.4mm precipitation.
The average daily High in January 2023 was -1.4C, the average daily Low -10.9, and 6.7mm precipitation.
The average daily High in January 2019 was -0.8C, the average daily Low -11.5C, and 6.6mm precipitation.
The average daily High in January 2017 was -6.3C, the average daily Low -16.9C, and 24.5mm precipitation.

The normal average daily High for January in Banff is -4.6C, the normal average daily Low -14.1C, and normal average 27.5mm precipitation. Climate normals are computed over a 30-year period to eliminate year-to-year variations.

Source: Environment Canada

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Bow River Crossings

January 2024 Banff Avenue Bridge vehicle volume was 276,184, down 8% from January 2023 versus the 3% decrease through the Town’s main entrances. January volumes decreased 14% from 2019, versus the 10% decrease in main entrances volumes.

The greater decrease in volumes over the Bow River versus the Main Entrances may be attributed to a combination of factors including free transit for locals, intercept parking combined with promotion and uptake of transit and shuttle use, and the active mode transportation option offered by the new Nancy Pauw Pedestrian Bridge.

Roam local ridership increased 3.5% to 93,761 from 90,625 in January 2023, and increased 67% from 56,270 in 2019, representing a welcome shift in driver habits away from private vehicle use.

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Mountain Avenue

January 2024 Mountain Avenue vehicle volume was 62,321, a 15% decrease from January 2023, versus the 8% decrease over Banff Ave Bridge and the 3% decrease through the Main Entrances.

Volume decreased 10% from January 2019.

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Definitions

Main Entrances Monthly Total Vehicle Volumes: This number references the total number of vehicles recorded (both incoming and outgoing combined) at traffic count stations located at the two main entrances to Town – Mnt Norquay Rd and Banff Ave. Hence, this number equals ((Mnt Norquay incoming volume + Mnt Norquay outgoing volume) + (Banff Ave incoming volume + Banff Ave outgoing volume)). The vehicle volume reported is not representative of the total number of vehicles in town in one month; it is simply how many vehicles are moving in and out of the town over the course of one month.

Banff Avenue Bridge Monthly Total Vehicle Volume: This number references the total number of vehicles recorded (both southbound and northbound combined) over the course of one month at a traffic count station located on the Bridge. Full monthly data collection at this location began in August 2016.

Mountain Avenue Monthly Total Vehicle Volume: This number references the total number of vehicles recorded (both southbound and northbound combined) over the course of one month at a traffic count station located on Mountain Ave, around the corner and up the hill from Middle Springs Drive.

Total Vehicle Volume YTD: This number references the total number of vehicles recorded (both incoming and outgoing combined) between January 1st and the end of the reporting month at traffic count stations identified above.

Roam Ridership

Roam Ridership - ToB - 2024