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Posted by on Aug 12, 2010 in London, Visualisation | 2 comments

A day in the life of the London Cycle Hire scheme.

For the past few days I have been taking screen shots of Oliver O’Brien’s hugely popular London Cycle Hire Status Map. How the map works is explained on Ollie’s blog. I have picked 24 hours (from midnight Tuesday 10th to midnight Wednesday 11th) to demonstrate the flows of people in and out of London. Nothing much happens in the early hours, then the dots come alive in the centre as people start to flood in and fill up the stations. Things stay reasonably constant throughout the day until rush hour in the afternoon when the red stations in the centre of London become blue as people use the bikes to get home. Each second of the video= 1 hour in the day.

24 hours of the London Cycle Hire Scheme from James Cheshire on Vimeo.

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2 Comments

  1. Very nice. Over time you would hope that they get better at redistributing bikes between stations and we start to see less blue and red and more purple, as a completely full or completely empty station isn’t much good for a lot of people.

  2. “Over time you would hope that they get better at redistributing bikes between stations and we start to see less blue and red and more purple, as a completely full or completely empty station isn’t much good for a lot of people.”

    true – but the commuters, for the most part, need blue stations at the periphery in the morning, and red ones in the centre. Then they need the opposite situation – which they make for themselves – to get home.

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