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This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It

This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It | green infographics | Scoop.it
An experiment from Nairobi with implications for the urbanizing world.

As transit systems go, the "matatus" in Nairobi exist somewhere between underground gypsy cabs and MTA bus service. The minibuses themselves aren't owned by any government agency. The fares aren't regulated by the city. The routes are vaguely based on a bus network that existed in Nairobi some 30 years ago, but they've since shifted and multiplied and expanded.

Not surprisingly, many passengers on board know little about them, either. Riders who navigate the matatu system rely on it in parts, using only the lines they know and the unofficial stops they're sure actually exist. As for the network as a whole – there's never even been a map of it...

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Infographic: The Car of the Future

Infographic: The Car of the Future | green infographics | Scoop.it

Will the steering wheel, brakes and gas pedal be replaced with sensors and software?

Cars that talk to each other are being tested in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the largest vehicle-to-vehicle pilot in the nation, and testing of self-driving cars has been approved in both California and Nevada. In fact, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) predicts that in 2040, 75 percent of cars on the road will be self-driving.

A recent press release on Top 10 Future Car Technologiesfrom Total Car Score mirrors much of the information from the following infographic from InsuranceQuotes.com, which shows what other features cars in the future might have. Think super fuel efficiency, media on demand, voice control and zero maintenance...

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Glowing animation highlights bicycle hotspots throughout London

Glowing animation highlights bicycle hotspots throughout London | green infographics | Scoop.it
This mesmerizing video may look like an art display, but it's actually a data representation of the five million routes taken by London cyclists since 2010. It's the perfect marriage of graphic visualization and useful information.

Barclays Cycle Hire was launched in 2010 to provide an alternative means of transportation for London commuters. Visualization specialist Jo Wood and collaborator Andrew Huddart, both from City University London, took the first five million journeys and created the animated map to help transport planners and associated organizations make better decisions on how to support the bicycle project in the future...

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Mapping bike commuters across the states...

Mapping bike commuters across the states... | green infographics | Scoop.it
Check out this map produced by the League of American Bicyclists and posted on the graphics site Visual.ly. The fonts are small - this image looks intended for a wall, not a computer - but look closely: the darker the state, the larger the share of total trips taken by bicycle, as opposed to driving, walking, or transit; the larger the maroon and yellow box, the larger the number of people commuting to work by bicycle. You can see that California, followed by Florida and New York, have the largest number of bike commuters. But, when you go by mode share - the portion of total trips taken by bike - the leading states appear to be Colorado, Oregon, and (improbably?) Montana. It is hard to tell for sure, but I believe the data came from multiple sources, including the US Census’s American Community Survey.

The map also indicates (in tiny print) the country’s ten cities with the highest mode share for bicycling. Unsurprisingly, Portland ranks first; but I might not have guessed that Minneapolis is second, especially given that city’s notorious winter weather. A larger version of the map contains additional graphics (two excerpted below, with small but readable fonts) that show the total numbers for the top ten cities, as well as some other interesting data, including overall spending on cycling infrastructure.

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Unexpected Consequences

Unexpected Consequences | green infographics | Scoop.it

Climate change has numerous casualities: the melting of the Arctic Sea ice is one such environment nightmare that's a result of global warming (don't worry Texans, you can just call it a "freak heat wave" or an "inexplicable anomaly").   But like all global processes, not all places are impacted equally.  Even in an economic recession, some find fortune while the majority flounder.  Same is true with the melting of the Artic; the melting might potentially opening up the fabled Northwest Passage and create new, seasonal shipping lanes.  Who would benefit from this?  Who would suffer?  To see a short video on this, see: http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/09/melting-arctic-sea-ice-and-shipping-routes  


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Bikes Can Save Us! [infographic]

Bikes Can Save Us! [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

Today’s infographic, How Bikes Can Save Us, suggests that by switching from gas guzzling cars to fat burning bikes we can do more than help the planet, we can help ourselves. Isn’t that nice? We can be selfish while still helping out the planet that is nice enough to house even though we just shit all over it. Anyway enjoy today’s infographic and keep sharing!

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Infographic: How Does LA Move?

Infographic: How Does LA Move? | green infographics | Scoop.it
Curious how LA's commuting behavior measures up? Take a look to learn more about L.A.’s unique transportation landscape.

The Los Angeles Departments of City Planning and Transportation (LA DCP) and GOOD Corps, an affiliate of GOOD, have teamed up for LA2B, a new initiative putting street use and alternative transit back in the creative imagination of Angelenos. It’s an opportunity for the LA community to weigh in on the mobility issues that affect our daily lives and offer sound solutions for the future.

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Interactive Infographic: How Does a Hybrid Car Work?

Interactive Infographic: How Does a Hybrid Car Work? | green infographics | Scoop.it
With newer technology improving how we drive, hybrid cars are becoming commonplace on American roads. How do they work?
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Infographic of the Day: Where Should We Build High-Speed Rail? | Co. Design

Infographic of the Day: Where Should We Build High-Speed Rail? | Co. Design | green infographics | Scoop.it

A map highlights which parts of America will attract the most riders, but the results aren't so cut and dry.

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100 Ways to Make a Difference - Green Ideas from Toyota

100 Ways to Make a Difference - Green Ideas from Toyota | green infographics | Scoop.it
Toyota has just announced an initiative where they give away 100 cars over 100 days to people who could use them.
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Transparency: Going the Distance - Transportation

Transparency: Going the Distance - Transportation | green infographics | Scoop.it
How much energy does it really take for us to travel in our planes, trains, and automobiles?
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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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Reuse, Reduce and Relocate: minimize your environmental impact... [Infographic]

Reuse, Reduce and Relocate: minimize your environmental impact... [Infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it
Although 'moving season' — mid-May through mid-Sept. — is behind us, the folks at MyMove.com have some thoughts on how to haul all of your worldly possessions from points A to B with minimal eco-impact.

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The Impact of the Electric Car [Infographic]

The Impact of the Electric Car [Infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

This infographic provides an overview of the electric car industry and describes their environmental and energy impact...

This visualization offers numerous statistics, facts and global comparisons on the future of electric vehicles, in terms of costs, environment, sales and the role of electric vehicles in our transportation systems across the globe.

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Visualize a shorter commute — or a better job

Visualize a shorter commute — or a better job | green infographics | Scoop.it
Seeing how our cities facilitate the commute to work reveals a lot about the benefit of investing in infrastructure.

If you lived at the Watergate, this is how long your commute would be around the city by car. Good news is that should you be heading to, say, the White House, you can get there in about 10 minutes...

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Commuters: Be Green and Frugal

Commuters: Be Green and Frugal | green infographics | Scoop.it
With the recent spike in gas prices, conservation and gas credit cards are among the tools you can use to control costs and carbon emissions.

You may feel you’re forced to choose between being environmentally conscientious and staying within your budget. Well, you’re in luck. When it comes to transportation, you can often have your cake and eat it too. When you reduce your travel-related greenhouse gas emissions, you usually are being thrifty as well. It’s a win-win.

Transportation is the second largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions; the electric power industry is number one. The focus here is transportation because as an individual, it is the sector in which you have the most control...

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Imagining a City Without Its Public Transportation

Imagining a City Without Its Public Transportation | green infographics | Scoop.it
Antos, a WMATA transportation analyst, has for the last several months been managing a study [PDF] that makes the business case for transit in the D.C. area. The agency tried to isolate the actual impact of rail lines on economic development, property values and tax revenues in the immediate vicinity around each station (they conservatively estimate that Metrorail boosts the value of property within a half mile of stations by about seven to nine percent).

But they also modeled what the region would look like if its transit never existed. And this is where things get really interesting.

WMATA took the same transportation demand model that it uses to project ridership on a new line and instead ran a couple of scenarios with the region’s transit literally turned off. All of it: the regional rail, the buses and the metro system.

"It was literally just imagining Washington, and all of a sudden, you wake up tomorrow, and the transit system isn’t there," Antos says. "What would you do?"

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What’s Driving Gas Prices Today

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Pump pains: What's Driving Gas Prices Today? Every day a number of factors affect the fluctuating price of retail gas. We explore what those factors are and why they change.
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Gas guzzling cities [infographic]

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Gasoline costs & fill-ups per month reported by Mint.com users, by city, Summer 2011...

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Guest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economies - BikePortland.org

Guest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economies - BikePortland.org | green infographics | Scoop.it
BikePortland.orgGuest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economiesBikePortland.orgBicycle touring duo Russ Roca and Laura Crawford are well into their Bromptom bike adventure.
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Mint Infographic: Gas Guzzlers — Where Are Mint Users Spending The Most Of Fuel?

Mint Infographic: Gas Guzzlers — Where Are Mint Users Spending The Most Of Fuel? | green infographics | Scoop.it
Most all of us spend countless dollars on this precious commodity that helps to bring us from point A to point B. But in what cities are Americans spending the most of it? To answer this question we analyzed monthly Mint user data, discovering where they spend the most on gas and how many times they head to the pump.
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