Data from 75,000 trips over two days turned into an insightful visualization.
Even though the Citi Bike program faces its fair share of problems, the initiative recently welcomed their 100,000th Annual Member, and celebrated more than seven millionth trips taken. A new video has also been released that shows the popularity of the program by documenting point-to-point trips over two days.
This particular video was created by by Sarah Kaufman, Jeff Ferzoco of linepointpath, and Juan Francisco Saldarriaga for the New York Times. It charts 75,000 total rides over a 48-hour period in September, broken down between annual and casual users of the bikes.
In addition to the video, Citi Bike also released eight months worth of trip history data which shows just how important the bikes have become in the city. Developers, engineers, statisticians, artists, and academics are all encouraged to use the data in whatever way they see fit.
Until now, the only information that was made available included bike rack location data, and a data feed with information on the availability of bikes in the docks, The new release should hopefully mean better analysis and visualizations that can be used to improve the bike-sharing scheme.