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Another great Capital Bikeshare visualization

Starting at 12:06, Greater Greater Washington contributor Veronica Davis, WABA head Shane Farthing, and Arlington bike planner Chris Eatough will talk about bicycling in DC on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. Listen live or catch the archived audio once it's posted this afternoon.

They also posted this video which visualizes a few days of Capital Bikeshare trips:

This is yet another consequence of Capital Bikeshare's excellent decision to provide anonymous trip data. People have done all kinds of useful things with the data, like MV Jantzen's similar video and interactive visualization tool.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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Very cool! Makes me think of popcorn popping or a pinball machine. Although few, still surprising activity in the wee hours.

by spookiness on Mar 11, 2013 12:50 pm • linkreport

Watching the convergence into the core in the AM is so cool. Also cool is the evening disparity - people go all over the place. I'm assuming to dinner, drinks, classes, gym, friends, etc.

Also, who is riding CaBi at 3AM O____o ???

by Nick on Mar 11, 2013 1:32 pm • linkreport

Also, who is riding CaBi at 3AM O____o ???

Though the visualization says "Active Bikes: 18" even in the middle of the night, I'm not sure this is accurate. You can see a few of them moving extremely slowly - going from one station to another over the course of many hours. I would guess that this is because of errors in checking bikes back in or something like that.

That said, even way late at night there's a trip or two every hour. Not that surprising, there are tons of people in this city and if you ARE out and about at 3AM, what are your options? Metro is closed, buses and taxis are few and far between. CaBi is actually really reliable at that time of night!

by MLD on Mar 11, 2013 1:37 pm • linkreport


I have taken CaBi late at night multiple times. Getting from my buddies place in Adams Morgan to U St Metro is WAY quicker via CaBi than walking.

Think about the waiters heading home, etc.

by Kyle-W on Mar 11, 2013 5:45 pm • linkreport

I like that there's a dot that takes about a full day to reach its endpoint. Someone racked up some charges on that one!

by Bossi on Mar 11, 2013 6:02 pm • linkreport

Hello, I made this animation and I'm glad it's raising awareness for the Capital Bikeshare. Thanks for watching!


by Chris Whong on Mar 13, 2013 12:29 am • linkreport

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