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How to Add Bike Lanes Without Messing Up Traffic Flow: An Animated Visualization

How to Add Bike Lanes Without Messing Up Traffic Flow: An Animated Visualization | green infographics | Scoop.it

As bike lanes get added to streets around the US one common concern keeps arising: how will this affect congestion? Narrowing roadways by including bike lanes seems like it would clearly increase car traffic, but data from New York City suggests that when done correctly, adding bike lanes can actually speed up traffic flow. Since 2007, the city has added over 30 miles of protected bike lanes.

The solution most commonly used? Road diets.

A road diet is commonly described as “removing travel lanes from a roadway and utilizing the space for other uses and travel modes.” There are many implementation strategies, but when done correctly they provide smoother traffic flow through neighborhoods and better safety for everyone using the road...

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Infographic: Watch a City's Pulse in Real-Time

Infographic: Watch a City's Pulse in Real-Time | green infographics | Scoop.it
A new way of collecting data allows a duo of creative coders to archive transit information and update the map every hour, creating a handy tool for trend spotting and comparing traffic.


The first time Andy Woodruff and Tim Wallace created a map of Boston’s bus routes was back in the fall of 2011. Using data from the MBTA, the duo (who write over at Boston-centric blog, Bostonography, charted the paths and speeds of buses over the course of 24 hours.

In the years since they first published the MBTA Bus Speeds, the team has learned better ways to automate mapping. Now, with a bit of coding they can sit back and watch the maps draw themselves. Woodruff and Wallace pull in data from NextBus every hour, and that information is stored in a database. “Image rendering is done by some pretty simple PHP scripts that grab the data, string the points together into lines based on vehicle ID, calculate distances and speeds, then draw thousands of lines.”

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How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion

How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion | green infographics | Scoop.it

People that commute by car spend an inordinate amount of time staring at taillights. There’s no way they’re getting around that traffic in front of them. But what about bike commuters? This group of Latvian cyclists recently created a powerful demonstration of the large footprint created by cars that carry just one occupant.

The four cyclists strapped on fragile frameworks shaped like cars, then hopped into the local traffic in Riga to show how much room they would occupy on their daily commute. The difference communicates loud and clear: if these cyclists were actually in cars, they would seriously add to congestion.

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Bhopkins's curator insight, October 16, 2014 5:16 PM

This group of Latvian cyclists recently created a powerful demonstration of the large footprint created by cars that carry just one occupant.
Read more at http://www.visualnews.com/2014/10/11/much-space-cars-take-cyclists-demonstrate-bicycles-fight-congestion/#jV0A55HTvzPI4Lic.99

Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 27, 2014 10:49 AM

Visually compelling look at the power of the bike commute 

Agence Relations d'Utilité Publique's curator insight, November 24, 2014 5:06 AM

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