Visualising Boris bikes

City University held a research half-day earlier this week around themes to do with transport and the environment.  Given that I’m interested in how understanding transport in a place helps us to understand its geography, and also in how data was presented, I was fascinated to hear about the work of Jo Wood, who has been working on different ways to visualise the patterns of use of the ‘Boris bikes’ now available for hire in London.  This paper covers some of the same material, and gives an indication of quite how much can be learned about cycling and commuting patterns from the system.  It’s also interesting to hear about the qualitative differences between this and the longer-established Velib scheme in Paris, partly reflecting that Parisians are more likely to live in central locations and less likely to use bikes as part of their commute.

But also noteworthy was that I was sitting next to Andrew Tuson, of the Centre for Information Leadership, who was not only holding an iPad 2 but was tweeting about the talk from it.

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