Figures relating to the traffic of Fifth Avenue, New York, obtained as a result of twenty-four hours' checking of all vehicles passing a given point, were, says the New York Globe and Commercial Advertiser, given in the course of the Ahearn hearing before Gov. Hughes by J. W. Howard, the well-known paving expert of New York. The statistics were obtained by Mr. Howard and several assistants but a few days ago. During the dullest hour of the twenty-four—from 2 to 3 A. M.—27 vehicles passed, of which 5 were automobiles, and only between 5 and 6 A. M. were motors unrepresented. Comparing Fifth and First Avenues: During the eleven hours from 7 A. M. to 6 P. M., there passed between Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh streets, on First Avenue, 4,445 vehicles. In the same period on Fifth Avenue, in the block between Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Streets, the number counted was 7,857. The twenty-four-hour traffic on Fifth Avenue from Fifty-eighth to Fifty-ninth Street amounted to 10,379 vehicles, whereas that of First Avenue was but 2,665. From 12 P. M. to 1 A. M. the latter was practically deserted, whereas on Fifth Avenue there were 200 vehicles recorded. Between 4 and 5 in the afternoon on Fifth Avenue 1,100 vehicles were counted in one hour. The detailed traffic tables giving the number of vehicles for each hour of the twenty-four, separating the motors from the horse-drawn conveyances are full of interesting and suggestive comparisons. Traffic on First Avenue, from noon to noon, October 9-10, at a point just north of Seventy-seventh Street: motors could carry but three persons, including the driver. It is also of some interest to note that on First Avenue during the same twenty-four hours, but seventeen motor cars of any variety, business or pleasure, were recorded.
This article was originally published with the title "Automobile Traffic Growth in New York"