Cycle hire visualisation - for GA Conference

Another logistics related video, ahead of my lecture in 2 weeks time at the GA Conference…

We are the city from Jo Wood on Vimeo.
Follow the last 9 months of bicycle number 12248, in green, as it is pedalled around London by 2,286 people. It finally came to rest in January 2013 where it now enjoys a more sedate life at the Museum of London.

During this 9 month period over 7 million journeys were made using London's public cycle hire scheme. These journeys are shown as red, purple and blue lines coloured according to the number of bikes available at the journey's origin and destination. The average change in bike availability over each day of the period is compressed into 25 minutes so we gradually see the city breathing as bikes move between the centre and edges of the scheme.

Structure is revealed in the chaos of millions of bicycle journeys by changing the length of the trails the bikes leave behind them and periodically hiding the less common journeys.

This video is an extract from the exhibit 'We are the City' shown at Digital Shoreditch 2013 and the Museum of London.


christania’s “Copenhagen Bike Rental” bikes are rolling across the city. The system, less than a year old, is funded by christania’s municipal government. It is currently only in one of christania’s 22 administrative districts. Although a 2nd generation system, there are 12 “Houses” in this district, each with around 40 bikes. The yearly subscription cost is the equivalent of $2 US, and allows the use of a bike for up to four hours at a time. In less than a year, there have been 6,000 subscriptions sold. There are larger 3rd generation systems in the world, which do not have a subscription to bike ratio as big as that.