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What Boston’s public bikes tell us about the city

A competition to visualize data from the Hubway system yields beautiful insights.

Where do people in Boston want to go—and when? It’s hard to get good data about people in cars, or the masses who take the ­MBTA every day. But one young Boston transit project has opened an extraordinary window into how the city moves: the Hubway bike rental system. From its launch on July 28, 2011, the system has recorded detailed information about riders and their rides from more than a hundred stations in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. This fall Hubway released the data from more than half a million trips from the launch up through September 2012, and issued a public challenge: come up with the most interesting, artistic, information-rich ways to present it. The results offer a fresh portrait of the rhythms of city life, and of how Boston (and its visitors) have made use of this new way to get around. Below are details from some of the winning entries; the full gallery is at
hubwaydatachallenge.org.

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