Road use & performance

The information below provides a picture of the traffic on our roads, the way people use the road network, and how this has changed over time.

Data Vic (External link) is a portal owned by the Victorian Government which makes data available to the public. As well as providing access to VicRoads traffic data, the portal also includes information about our road networks, safety and crash data.

Some of our other most commonly used traffic data sets include: 

Traffic Volume Information [XLS 8.9 Mb] contains traffic volumes for freeways (excluding toll roads) and arterial roads in Victoria. This information comes in the form of Annual Averages obtained from surveys and estimates and is comparable between recent years.

Requests for VicRoads Data

If you are searching for traffic data, please ensure you have explored the data we have made available online as detailed above. If these resources haven’t met your needs, we are able to provide additional information for a fee, which will be advised.

Contact us through [email protected] including the details of your request, and we will be in touch with you. Include the following information with your request:

  • Please explain why you are requesting this data, so that we can better understand your needs
  • Location description; road name, suburb
  • Dates & Time Increments; yearly, daily, hourly, average
  • Date Required; we will aim to provide data by this date
  • Format; our standard format is raw spreadsheet data, please specify any specific formatting requirements

VicRoads has bicycle counters installed across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria which monitor bicycle speed volumes all year round.

There are 38 counters distributed between on and off-road bike paths recording cycling flows in both directions. 

Data collected from the bicycle counters from 2015 to now is available on this interactive dashboard. The maps and charts show speed and volume trends as well as the location of the on-road and off-road loop counters*. Detailed speed and volume bicycle data is available at www.data.vic.gov.au for download. If you require further assistance please contact us by emailing [email protected].  

Image of the PowerBi dashboard showing various graphs 

PowerBI dashboard interface of cycling data

Past records

For access to bicycle counter information between 2010 and 2015, please refer to this interactive dashboard

Additional information is available from this report - Bicycle Volumes 2005-2013: Induction loops in Melbourne [PDF 295 Kb] which provides a summary of data collected between 2005 and 2013.

*Please note that as more counters are installed on the network total volumes of detected cyclists will increase. 

 

Cycling to work in Melbourne census data

The Australian census takes place every 5 years and records information on transport modes for the journey to work. This report provides information on cycling trips to work in Melbourne and Regional Victoria between 1976 and 2011, including the number of cycling trips to work on each census day.

Cycling to Work in Melbourne – 1976 to 2011 [PDF  1.7 Mb]

State government surveys - VISTA

The Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity (VISTA) took place in 2007 and 2009. It provides the most up-to-date information on changes to travel behaviour in Victoria. During 2010, the then Department of Transport analysed and compared the data to provide information on changing transport habits of Victorians. The data can be accessed through the Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure VISTA

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