14 May '12, 2pm

Mesmerizing data visualization shows a day in the life of a city’s bike usage

This video is probably what Ralph Steadman sees when he takes half a tab of acid and looks at a map of Budapest, but it’s also a data visualization of the city’s bike usage during a 24-hour period. The size, location, and direction of the bubbles reflect how many people are on bikes at a given time, and where they’re going. The video is a collaboration between Kitchen Budapest (the mapping tech) and UrbanCyclr (the bike data). It’s not likely to drive policy or anything — it’s hard to tell which specific routes are being used or exactly how many people are using them. But it does illustrate how Budapest’s growing bike community is transforming the city. Or it illustrates what it looks like when a map gets indigestion. If Grist has helped you learn or laugh, donate some bucks on our behalf . (Why are we rhyming in phrases so terse? Grist’s been cursed by verse! )

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