Most Popular Ways to Move Around Cities Visualized in Beautiful Maps


Fitness app aggregates user data from around the world for a better insight to daily activity

Simone Spilka
  • 18 july 2014

In the busy lives of New Yorkers, exercise is a precious commodity. Most people strive to incorporate a healthy thirty minutes into their daily routines whether its cycling to work or running to catch the L train, but who really holds us accountable to our milestones?

Human App – that’s who. In fact, Human, which aims to get people moving 30 minutes or more each day, has tracked 7.5 million miles of activity from users around the world.

The fitness tracking app detects and categorizes daily activity and sends out push notifications when targets are met. Human automatically runs on the background of your phone whether or not it was launched in the dashboard, an effective feature for logging data. Human users increased their daily movements by 75% since the September 2013 launch; the Founders are inspired to help that figure grow even more significantly.

The company recently developed Human Cities, a visualization tool to aggregate the 55 million activities tracked globally. Human Cities is a beautiful collection of charts and maps to compare how people move in thirty major cities.

Human Cities grew from idea to conception in just ten days as a way to visually explore the company’s exceedingly large amount of raw data. The result was powerful images which illustrate the most common type of movement among city-dwellers.

The findings are rather impressive. Amsterdam, according to Paul Veugen, co-founder and CPO’s home city is our world’s most active city in terms of time spent taking walks, running, or ridding bicycles. Berlin and Copenhagen follow on the leaderboard. For specific activity types, New York is preferred as a running or walking city.


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Whether the rankings – that Los Angeles Humans rely most on motorized transport while Washington Humans walk more than other cities – will change the way we experience our own city can only be answered in time.

They say the insight to Human activity tells us different stories; what story does your city tell?

Human // Human Cities



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