Ideas

What Boston’s public bikes tell us about the city

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

Kim Ducharme, Kenn Knowles, Zia Sobhani, andVerena Tiefenbeck

Ins and outs

A snapshot at 10 a.m. of which stations accumulate bikes (in green), and which run a deficit. Moving the slider online shows trends, like riders flocking to MIT mid-morning and to the Back Bay at noon. The designers noted quirks: One person rides downhill from Somerville City Hall every morning, but doesn’t pedal back up.
(By Kim Ducharme, Kenn Knowles, Zia Sobhani, and Verena Tiefenbeck.)

More visualizations:

The missing link

Galaxy of rides

Commuters vs. tourists

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com