If you think you are taking on the roads of France on your next vacation, here is a site that you could enjoy. This is the site of smart Bison.
France, by its geography and its tourist strengths, is regularly traversed by large migratory flows to the resorts (winter sports resorts, seaside resorts, tourist sites…). This traffic causes many corks.
In 1975 the French Government had recorded more than 600 km of traffic jams on the N10, between Paris and Spain. This was the starting point for a communication campaign for road users: Smart Bison, a site designed to provide information on traffic and road traffic in France was born.
Initially, Smart Bison intervened only on a few axes to indicate the traffic on the Bis routes or the routes of shedding, during the summer period, at the time of the large departures on holiday. It will gradually expand its influence and cover the entire territory and for all periods of the year. Smart Bison is today the emblem of public road information in real time in France.
Traffic has its color
The annual traffic forecasts established by the road Information Centres are used to develop the smart Road Traffic Bison calendar: Each day of the year, smart Bison displays a different color depending on the expected traffic density, By direction of departure and return and by zone:
* Green = Fluid
Traffic difficulties correspond to an ordinary day. One can nevertheless expect the usual difficulties of peak hours in large agglomerations;
* Orange = Difficult traffic will be more dense and traffic conditions may be difficult by location or overall. It is possible to have up to 250 km of cumulative caps on the national network;
* Red = very difficult the traffic will be very dense and the traffic difficulties very difficult.
The cumulative length of the plugs will exceed 250 km and could reach 500 km;
* Black = extremely difficult traffic will be exceptionally dense and extremely difficult traffic conditions. More than 600 km of corks can be accumulated at the worst moment on the whole network with spikes up to 750 km during a cross-hunt.
Near real-time traffic
There is currently a significant potential for data collection of traffic on the roads via several thousand counting stations belonging to the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable development and planning and to the motorway companies.
Thus Bison Smart collects his information in order to provide information in near-Réell time on the traffic in France. The thousands of counting stations provide aggregate measurements every 6 minutes, such as flow, speed, occupancy (time of presence on magnetic loop sensors) and sometimes the percentage of heavyweights.
So when you plan your trip to France, space travel advises you to take a look at the forecast of smart Bison traffic. Although based on statistics, it might allow you to avoid problematic tradionnellement days. And the day of your trip, why not check out the site in order to have the actual reading of traffic and traffic?