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Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 in London, Visualisation | 0 comments

Brilliant Boris Bikes Animation

Some of us at CASA can’t get enough of the Barclay’s Cycle Hire data. We have had Ollie‘s hugely successful flow maps, journey time heat maps, and now the the Sociable Physicist himself, Martin Austwick has created this stunning animation of the bikes.

The TFL data release contained the start point, end point, and duration for around 1.4 million bike journeys. An educated guess has been made about routes between stations using OpenStreetMap data and some routing software. The animation shows the scheme’s busiest day (thanks to a tube strike) and provides an amazing insight into the dynamics of Boris Bike users. You can find more info here.

I suspect this animation will be another big PR win for TFL, it is just a shame that it took a freedom of information request to get the underlying data.

Martin’s viz is one of my favourites but there have been a couple of others released that use similar technologies to show urban transport systems. Chris McDowall has produced an animation on a much larger scale by showing Auckland’s public transport system on a typical Monday.

Another great animation was produced by fellow CASA researcher Anil Bawa-Cavia. This shows London’s bus network and it makes for a great comparison to Auckland’s transport system above.



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