Peep This Awesome Real-Time Map of the World’s Bike Shares

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Sick and tired of hearing about New York’s bike share and the irresponsible weirdos that populate it? Well, here's a change of pace: this excellent real-time map illustrates 85 different bike share systems from all over the world.

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According to The Atlantic Cities, the map was built by one Oliver O’Brien, a software developer at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, in London. It updates every two to ten minutes, pulling data from over 200,000 bike docking stations in cities as far afield as Kaohsiung and Tel Aviv. What’s really great about O’Brien’s color dot system is that it shows us multiple values: Each circle’s diameter denotes how many bikes are in the system, while its color shows the ratio of in-use and out-of-use bikes.

The funnest part, maybe, is seeing which cities have the most night riders. Vienna and Madrid seem to have quite a few Friday night cyclists, and Moscow ain’t bad either, despite the fact that, according to a recent New Yorker story about the city’s new program, it’s far scarier riding in Russia than it is Manhattan. [Bike Share Map via The Atlantic Cities]

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DISCUSSION

joemama03
He Who Must Not Be Named

IMHO, people who are surprised that Americans don't do this as much as Europeans do are missing a lot of crucial factors. For the same reasons we don't do passenger rail to the same degree that Europe does. All of the rail infrastructure was there long before automotive roadways came about. Plus the fact that all of Europe could fit in one corner of the US illustrates a big disconnect. Most Americans don't live in big cities or within biking distance of what they need to do most of the time.