Melbourne is the only city in Australia that has not returned to normal road traffic levels due to the harsh COVID-19 lockdown, new data reveals.
Foot and car traffic fell significantly in all Australian cities in March when COVID-19 restrictions were introduced.
Apple Data, which tracks mobility trends around the world, only revealed in the past two months that drivers have slowly returned to the road, with fewer restrictions now.
In June, most cities registered a return to normal road conditions – cities like Perth and Brisbane had even more cars on the roads compared to before COVID-19.
Predictably, Melbourne has the worst numbers in the country with its September figures well below average and just as bad as seven months ago.
Melbourne is the only city in Australia that has not returned to normal car traffic as it fights through the toughest COVID-19 lockdown in the country, new data reveal (photo, a quiet Western Ring Road and Tullamarine Freeway in Melbourne)
Public transport has been hit the hardest: 85 percent fewer commuters taking a train or bus, while 65 percent fewer drivers are on the road.
The city has been locked in phase 4 restrictions since August, which prohibits residents from leaving their homes after 8 p.m. and only one person is allowed to shop for each household.
Car and foot traffic and public transport fell dramatically in mid-March, reaching the lowest figures in April.
Public transport fell by no less than 90 percent, while car and foot traffic fell by 80 percent.
Apple Data showed that public transport, car and foot traffic in Melbourne was still well below average in September
More drivers slowly returned to the roads in the coming months as restrictions in the United States were softened (photo, drivers slowly returned to the roads in Sydney in June)
All three modes of transport appeared to be recovering and the number of cars on the road was almost back to normal in June.
While the numbers tumbled back slowly with the biggest declines recorded around the time, four lockdown restrictions were introduced in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in August.
Photographs from around the same time showed eerily empty highways and streets with residents forced to stay in their homes during certain hours of the day.
In September, buses and train drivers transport 85 percent fewer commuters.
Sixty-five percent fewer drivers drive on the road, while 58 percent fewer people walk.
Sydney began to experience a dip in public transport and car and foot traffic in mid-March, before car traffic returned to normal around June
Public transport, pedestrian and car traffic fell to its lowest level in mid-April.
Public transport fell by almost 85 percent and foot and car traffic by about 70 percent.
Roads were relatively normal in June and car traffic was slowly increasing.
Foot traffic and public transport remained well below average until September.
About 30 percent fewer people walk, while 50 percent fewer commuters catch the train or bus.
Brisbane recorded the lowest figures for public transport, pedestrians and car traffic in mid-April.
Cities like Perth and Brisbane registered even more people driving on the road compared to before COVID-19 (photo, traffic at the Queensland border in March as COVID-19 panic and restrictions began to abate)
Public transport, pedestrian and car traffic have been slowly recovering in Brisbane in recent months, with buses and trains still suffering the most
Public transport fell by almost 85 percent, while foot and car traffic fell by almost 65 percent.
In mid-June, the number of cars on the road slowly returned to normal.
Vehicle traffic figures reached their highest level of the year at 25 percent in mid-July.
Pedestrian and public transport numbers still remain below average with nearly 20 percent fewer people on the sidewalks and nearly 50 percent fewer commuters on trains and buses.
Public transport and pedestrian and car traffic all plunged in mid-March, reaching their lows in mid-April.
Car and foot traffic plummeted by 65 percent, while the public sector was hit the hardest with a plunge of 85 percent.
Melbourne has been locked in phase 4 restrictions since August, which prohibits residents from leaving their homes after 8pm and only one person is allowed to shop for each household (pictured, an empty Dandenong Road in Melbourne in August)
Both car and foot traffic slowly recovered over the following months, with both modes returning to their baseline levels in mid-June.
Vehicle traffic peaked in September with 40 percent more vehicles on the road.
Public transit remains well below baseline, with 50 percent fewer commuters using the system.
All three modes began their decline in mid-March and bottomed out in mid-April.
Car and foot traffic fell by almost 70 percent and public transport plummeted by 80 percent.
Public transport figures are still below baseline with a nearly 20 percent drop in commuters.
Car and foot traffic are just above the baseline.
Apple Data does not provide mobility registration for Darwin, Canberra or Hobart.