Visualizing Bicycle Hire Model Distributions

GeoViz: Linking Geovisualization with Spatial Analysis and Modeling, 10-11 March 2011, Hamburg, Germany

Jo Wood, Aidan Slingsby and Jason Dykes

“In July 2010, Transport for London launched the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme [4] allowing members of the public to hire a bicycle from any of around 350 docking stations located in central London. Users are encouraged to take short journeys between docking stations by making hire of a bicycle free (after membership fees) if returned to any docking station within 30 minutes. Docking stations are located such than each is never more than 300m from another station (see Figure 1). A total of about 5000 bicycles are used by the scheme at any moment in time with approximately 8100 docking station places available. The scheme is currently only available to registered users who sign up via the web, although it is planned to open the scheme to casual users on a pay-per-use basis in early 2011. It is anticipated that when fully implemented, 400 docking stations and 6000 bicycles will be available.”