Thursday, January 17, 2013

Biking and Walking to Work came out with a ranking of the top US cities for bicycling.  I took their top ten cities and dot mapped every commuter in and around them, colored by their method of commute, to get a visual sense of the density and dispersion of biking and walking commuters around those cities.  A more topically specific and geographically general look at commuting data than these maps of Seattle.
So blue people-dots show bikers, green people-dots show walkers, and gray people-dots show all other commuters whatever that method of locomotion may be.

The diaspora of pedaling and walking to work, for bicycle magazine's top ten bike-friendly cities.  Poster.

1. The relative geographic scale between these insets is varied.
2. The people-dots are randomly distributed within their home census block groups -you'll get the occasional commuter in the water, etc.  So have fun pointing that out.

And here is a slippy slappy version...

Unfortunately, the data recorded no distinction between bicycles and unicycles, so quirk-rich neighborhoods are obscured -for now.  Nor were old timey bicycles flagged, but I'd certainly be interested in a map like that, which I presume would show strong collinearity with handlebar mustaches.

Check the map for source links.  Also, I'm pretty excited about finding a sweet sweet collection of every DOT signage icon in PDF and EPS formats, which is where my bicycle and walking dude came from.  Gold.

For print options regarding this map, visit here.


  1. I've thought about unicycling to work! If I only knew how to unicycle. It's so portable!

  2. Hey thanks for the DOT link. That's awesome, very useful for me here at work.

    If you like more icon sources, try the Noun Project. Saved my bacon a few times.