The "fochi" of Saint John one year later

Do you remember our post on Saint John’s ‘fochi’? A year has passed, and another show took place on June 24th, but now we have a lot more sensors in the field to monitor the event! See the results in the plots below!

This plot shows the traffic flow in Via Reginaldo Giuliani. The top row shows the traffic flow towards Sesto Fiorentino, while the bottom row shows the traffic towards Florence. There’s a sensible increase in the traffic towards Florence between 20:00 and 22:00, a drop between 22:00 and 23:00 (approximately the time of the show!) and a strong increase towards Sesto Fiorentino from 22:45 to midnight. Compare this plot with the plot of last year’s ‘fochi’.

This plot regards the sensor placed in Via Senese, which is connecting Florence with the nearby town of Galluzzo. The top row shows the traffic flow directed towards Galluzzo (outbound Florence), while the bottom row shows the inbound traffic (towards Florence). Similarly to the plots above, we note an increase in the hours 19:00 - 22:00 towards Florence, and an increase in the hours 22:30 - 01:00 towards Galluzzo.

This plot is from Via Villamagna, which is a one-way road often used by people to reach the city center from the south-east suburbs. Notice the peak of vehicles between 21:00 and 22:00 and the drop between 22:00 and 22:30. Since in this case there is only one lane to monitor (top row), the bottom row shows the typical traffic flow in the road (one week earlier).

These plots come from the sensor in Porta al Prato, a critical junction quite close to the central train station. It sees very heavy traffic at all time of day on 6 lanes. Here we show 3 of them: the two top rows shows two parallel lanes heading for the central train station, while the bottom row shows the traffic in the opposite direction. Given the high intensity of traffic, variations from the average are less detectable but there is an evident minimum in the traffic flows of all lanes between 22:00 and 22:30 (time of the show)!

Last but not least, the plots from our oldest sensor in the city, placed in Via Cavour. It is very central, as it connects two of the most important squares in the city center: Piazza Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza San Marco. As such, it is a limited traffic zone and thus it sees very low traffic flows, mostly due to bicycles, motorbikes and buses. There is no evident anomaly in the first row (towards the city center), but there is one after 22:30 coming from the city centers and heading towards Piazza San Marco.

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