This tutorial sets up a competition (a collective 100 meter sprint) for different traffic modes. You will learn how to create special lanes and (very simple) traffic lights in netedit, use different vehicle classes to define vehicle types and you will create flows for the different types. All files can also be found in the <SUMO_HOME>/docs/tutorial/sumolympics directory.

This tutorial is a reconstruction of a VISSIM Scenario devised by the PTV Group.

Building the Net#

editEdgeAttr.pngOpen netedit and create a new network and add a single edge by pressing e for entering the edge creation mode and clicking on two different locations in the editing area. Change to inspection mode (press i) and click on the starting point of the edge (at the location of your first click). Now enter 0,0 in the textfield labeled pos in the inspector panel on the left (see figure). Do the same for the edge's endpoint, setting its position to 1000,0. Now save your network under the name (press Ctrl+Shift-S).

Now we have a long road, which will be the stage of our competition. The participants in the competition will be transportation modes, i.e., busses, trams, bicycles, passenger cars, and feet. They should travel on different lanes side-by-side. Thus, we have to add lanes for each mode. To do so, right-click on the edge and hover over "add restricted lane" in the context menu. This will show you three choices for the creation of special purpose lanes: Sidewalk, Bikelane, and Buslane. Add one lane for each type. addSpecialLane.png

To create a tram, we add a new lane by clicking on "Duplicate lane" in the same context menu. For that lane, we have to restrict the allowed vehicle class to trams. To do this, first uncheck the "select edges"-box just right of the edit mode dropdown menu in the toolbar (the mode should still be set to "(i)Inspect"). Then click on the newly created lane and on the button "allow" in the inspector panel. This opens a dialog with check boxes for all possible vehicle classes. Uncheck all but "rail_urban" and click on "accept". Now edit the allowances for the remaining lane (it is currently allowed for all vehicle classes) and reserve it to the class "passenger" (i.e. passenger cars).EditVClassRestrictions.png

Now let us split the edge to create a starting point for the competitors: Right-click somewhere on the edge and select "Split edge here" from the context menu. Then click on the created node (in SUMO terminology this is already a "junction"). Set its x-coordinate to 900 and its y-coordinate to 0 in the pos-field just as you did above when creating the edge. Effectively, we have created a 100 meter running track for the competitors with a 900 meter holding area for each of the competing modes. Now check the check box "select edges" again and rename the two edges to "beg" and "end" (in the inspector panel). Save your network (Ctrl-S).

Defining Competing Vehicle Types#

As a next step, we define the competing vehicle types. Open a new file called sumolympics.rou.xml and insert the following vehicle type definitions:

    <vType id="pkw" length="5" maxSpeed="50" accel="2.6" decel="4.5" sigma="0.2" speedDev="0.2" vClass="passenger"/>
    <vType id="bus" length="15" maxSpeed="30" accel="1.2" decel="2.5" sigma="0.1" speedDev="0.1" vClass="bus"/>
    <vType id="tram" length="40" maxSpeed="13" accel="0.8" decel="0.5" sigma="0.1" speedDev="0.1" vClass="rail_urban"/>
    <vType id="bike" length="1.8" width="0.8" maxSpeed="7.5" accel="0.8" decel="1.5" sigma="0.5" speedDev="0.5" vClass="bicycle"/>

Take a look at the vehicle type attributes description for details on these definitions.

For each vehicle type, we schedule and position vehicles transporting 100 people by adding the following <flow .../> elements just below the vType definitions (within the <routes> element!):

    <flow id="pkw" type="pkw" from="beg" to="end" begin="0" end="0" number="66" departPos="last"/>
    <flow id="bus" type="bus" from="beg" to="end" begin="0" end="0" number="5" departPos="last"/>
    <flow id="tram" type="tram" from="beg" to="end" begin="0" end="0" number="2" departPos="last"/>
    <flow id="bike" type="bike" from="beg" to="end" begin="0" end="0" number="100" departPos="last"/>

Note that this assumes that the average vehicle occupation is 1.5.[1] For details on the meaning of the attributes of the flows, see the section Flow Definitions.

To start the simulation, create a SUMO configuration file (name it sumolympics.sumocfg):

       <net-file value=""/>
       <route-files value="sumolympics.rou.xml"/>
    <lateral-resolution value="1." />

sumolympic_run1.pngHere we give the processing argument lateral-resolution with a value corresponding to the sub-lane width in meters to achieve a more realistic behavior of bicyclists utilizing the whole lane width to overtake each other (see Sublane Model and Bicycle simulation). Start the simulation by double-clicking on the configuration file sumolympics.sumocfg (Windows) or running sumo-gui -c sumolympics.sumocfg from a terminal. Adjust the step delay to 100 ms and press the run button (Image:play.gif).

Defining a Start Signal (Traffic Light) and Pedestrians#

There are two things left to do for a fair and complete competition: 1) All competitors should be allowed to position freely in front of the scratch line (the bicyclists are inserted in a row, though they could achieve a much better result by grouping more densely using the whole lane width) 2) We wish to include pedestrians into the competition.

sumolympics_TLSediting.pngFirst we create a traffic light on the junction between the edges "beg" and "end" with netedit: Press t to enter the traffic light editing mode. Click on the junction, then on "Create TLS" in the left panel. Below, under the label phases, type "rrrrr" for the first phase ("r" for red) and set its duration to 100 (secs.). This will give enough time for the bicyclists to group more densely. For the second phase enter "GGGGG" (yes, "G" for green) and set its duration to 1000 (i.e. until the end of the simulation run). Now run the simulation again to see the bikes outrun the cars. See? We should all use our bikes more often!

If you have noticed a warning (like "Warning: Missing yellow phase in tlLogic 'gneJ2', program '0' for tl-index 0 when switching to phase 0") in the Message Window, don't worry. SUMO routinely checks tls-phases for basic consistency and missing yellow phases may lead to crashes if you have intersecting flows. However, this is a special situation and we don't need to care about this, obviously. If you want to learn more about traffic light control, see the TraCI-Tutorials TraCIPedCrossing and TraCI4Traffic_Lights or the main section on traffic lights.

What do you think, will pedestrians be slower or faster? Let's see. You can already guess that the approach is a little different for pedestrians. This is because they are no vehicle class (not any more), but constitute an own class called "person". For instance, there is no such element as a person flow analogous to vehicle flows, yet (though it is coming, see #1515). So, we are going to write a python script to generate a routefile sumolympic_walking.rou.xml. (Note that there is a little script in the <SUMO_HOME>/tools folder called, which can be useful if you would like to do more sophisticated things.)

Here's the simple script (call the file something like

outfile = "sumolympicWalks.rou.xml"
startEdge = "beg"
endEdge = "end"
departTime = 0. #time of departure
departPos = -30. #position of departure
arrivalPos = 100. #position of arrival
numberTrips = 100 #number of persons walking
#generate XML
xml_string = "<routes>\n"  
for i in range(numberTrips):
    xml_string += '    <person depart="%f" id="p%d" departPos="%f" >\n' % (departTime, i, departPos)
    xml_string += '        <walk edges="%s %s" arrivalPos="%f"/>\n' % (startEdge, endEdge, arrivalPos)
    xml_string += '    </person>\n'
xml_string += "</routes>\n"
with open(outfile, "w") as f:

Execute the script by double-clicking (or from the command line with python If you don't have python on your computer, install it before doing anything else! (get it from here) We have to include the generated route file sumolympicWalks.rou.xml in the config file sumolympic.sumocfg to let the simulation know about them. Several route files can be included by merely separating them by a comma. Therefore, modify the <route-files .../>-entry of our config to look like this (be sure to put no spaces between the filenames!):

    <route-files value="sumolympics.rou.xml,sumolympicWalks.rou.xml"/>

Get the popcorn and start the simulation!



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