Visualization of the Week: NYC Citi Bike use, in real time

Oliver O'Brien has visualized real-time bike share use not only in NYC, but in cities around the world as well.

New York City’s new bike-share program, Citi Bike, has been underway for a couple of weeks now. Its level of success is still up for debate, but the stats are impressive: as of June 10, there had been 173,516 trips traveled over 510,782 miles since the launch. Oliver O’Brien, a researcher and software developer at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), and a contributor to OpenStreetMap, has developed a visualization of bike share use in real time.

Users can zoom in and select a particular station to pull up detailed information on how many bikes and spaces are available. The screenshot below shows 32 bikes and 3 spaces available at Lafayette St. and Jersey St. at the time of writing.

The bar across the top of the map also links to real-time bike share information in other cities around the world, including London, Toronto, Washington D.C., and Milan. A full list of all available cities can be viewed in the drop-down list in the upper right corner.

In a blog post, O’Brien explains that the data is updated automatically every two to 10 minutes, noting that data generally comes from the bike share provider’s website or their official API, but he also gathers data from third-party data collectors, such as

Hat tip to Susi at Velojoy for highlighting O’Brien’s work.

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