Track Bikeshare use in real-time
With Capital Bikeshare still in its first month of existence, stations are still being rolled out, and observers are gauging its success and considering whether the system might work for them.
So this nifty map, which updates in real-time to show which stations are most used and at what times of the day is quite interesting--especially because it works for bikesharing systems in DC and around the globe.
The bikes circulate naturally, making the placement of stations and effectiveness of the system tied to people's travel patterns. A balanced system will achieve something close to an equilibrium.
For example, I've noticed that when I leave work late, the downtown stations are sometimes out of bikes, because people are checking them out and dropping them off in residential neighborhoods after work, while few are arriving downtown via bike after business hours.
The site from London's Oliver O'Brien, accompanied by a blog, notes that at this moment, 19 percent of bikes would have to be moved to different stations in order to be distributed evenly.
At the peak morning commute this morning, 41 people were traversing the city on the program's bikes simultaneously, the map shows; at 2pm, 29 bikes are in use.
Two stations near Dupont are completely out of bikes--so it's important that such Internet and mobile apps can warn users before they head to those stations--while some, including one on Pennsylvania Ave. SE, have only one slot in which to deposit a bike remaining. (Users attempting to drop off a bike there will be redirected to the nearest station.)
In London, 16 percent of their 3450 bikes are currently in use.
| October 13, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
Categories: Commuting, District | Tags: Bikeshare, Online tools
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