The cities appear to breathe as bicycles move into office districts in the morning and out in the evening.
From midnight to 7:30 A.M., New York is uncharacteristically quiet, its Citi Bikes â€” the city’s new shared bicycles â€” largely stationary and clustered in residential neighborhoods. Then things begin to move: commuters check out the bikes en masse in residential areas across Manhattan and, over the next two hours, relocate them to Midtown, the Flatiron district, SoHo, and Wall Street. There they remain concentrated, mostly used for local trips, until they start to move back outward around 5 P.M.
Washington, D.C.’s bike-share program exhibits a similar pattern, though, as you’d expect, the movement starts a little earlier in the morning. On my animated map, both cities look like they’re breathing â€” inhaling and then exhaling once over the course of 12 hours or so.
The map below shows availability at bike stations in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area across the course of the day. Read more…