Brilliant Boris Bikes Animation

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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, journeytime 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.


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