Summary of five million bicycle journeys made in 2010/11 in central London as part of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme. Origins and destinations of each journey recorded and animated along a curved trajectory.
This animation shows the effect of changing the length of the 'trail' left by each journey (starts to increase from 15 seconds into the animation). By changing the prominence given to more common journeys (from 45 seconds onwards), structure emerges from the apparent chaos of journeys. Three major systems become apparent (from 1 minute onwards) - Hyde park to the west, commuting to/from King's Cross St Pancras to the north and Waterloo to/from the City to the east.
Since 1998, Bogotá, Colombia has built more than 300 kilometers of protected bikeways. Streetfilms recently had the chance to explore the city's bike network with the man responsible for building it, former mayor Enrique Peñalosa.
"When we build very high quality bicycle infrastructure, besides protecting cyclists, it shows that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally as important to one in a $30,000 car," said Peñalosa. And as mayor, he walked the walk, extending the network of protected bikeways to every community.
"He spent all of the money that he had developing public space for pedestrians and bicycles," said Carlos Felipe Pardo from SlowResearch.org. "If you go to other places, you have people in the mud walking but the cars on a perfect road and here it is the opposite."
Now the investment in cycling infrastructure is paying off. After starting off with hardly any bike commuters, Bogota is pushing a five percent bike commute mode-share.
Sherry is a devoted city cyclist who has been riding her bike to work, all year round, for the past five years. At 51 years old Sherry watched as two of her friends fell ill. Sherry decided she needed to change her lifestyle. She bought her first folding bike, determined to start commuting by bike to work. Now 55––happy and healthy––Sherry has been riding to work every day and is in love with her cycling routine.
Experimenting with time lapse on my new handlebar mounted GoPro Hero. This is the default setting - 12 MP (wide) image every 0.5 sec. Video compiled with Windows Movie Maker.
This is my cycle commute to work, from Shepherd's Bush in west London to the City of London. It was shot in the summer of 2012 while the Olympics were on and the streets were noticeably quieter. It was shot on my cheap Kodak Playsport camera that was fixed with a camera mount to the handlebar of my bike. I added extra rubber lining to the mount to help cushion the mount and minimise vibration. Edited in iMovie.
As always, just for fun, but please pass on any thoughts.
The music is "The Happy Organ" by Baby Dave Cortez.