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Bike-o-Meter gives snapshot of bikesharing worldwide

A new app called Bike-o-Meter provides fascinating real-time data on bikesharing systems from around the world.

If you haven't already seen the interactive, animated map that shows station activity for Capital Bikeshare stations, be sure to check it out. Bike-o-Meter uses the same data, but presents it differently.

Each dial shows the percentage of total bikes in use at that particular moment in time.

It is not able to differentiate between bikes that are actually being ridden and those that may be in transit for relocation or taken out for servicing. However, it uses the maximum number of bikes in the system within the last 24 hours, rather than the advertised total number of bikes owned by the service, as the denominator in the calculation.

Here's a bigger screenshot showing 2.8% of Capital Bikeshare's bikes in use at 1:04 pm on Wednesday, October 27.

Barcelona's usage rate at 7:00 pm was 22%. There were more than 4500 bikes available in Barcelona at that time, meaning almost 1000 bikes in use.

Steve Offutt has been working at the confluence of business and environment for almost 20 years, with experience in climate change solutions, green building, business-government partnerships, transportation demand management, and more. He lives in Arlington with his wife and two children and is a cyclist, pedestrian, transit rider and driver. 


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Neat resource. Currently right after the Rally, it looks like 31.4% of the CaBi bikes are in use.

by Craig on Oct 30, 2010 3:20 pm • linkreport

At 3:41 PM Saturday, it's showing 30.5% usage for Washington, DC. That's higher than Barcelona was.

Maybe due to the Jon Stewart rally?

by Broaddus on Oct 30, 2010 3:47 pm • linkreport

I suspect -- based on personal experience -- that most BS users are playing with it on weekends. At least I've seen far more of the riders on the streets during weekends....

The city most comparable to us seems to be Milan.

by charlie on Oct 30, 2010 4:17 pm • linkreport

It's going to be awesome tomorrow when people use these to help their time on the marathon.

by Michael Perkins on Oct 30, 2010 4:19 pm • linkreport

Im impressed at the Mexico City number. It's an extremely concentrated system (a good thing, a station every block) but of course that limits use because for now it only serves one neighborhood (it will expand next year). So 7% at 5pm is impressive, especially because Mexico is lacking in bike infrastructure.

by JJJJ on Oct 30, 2010 6:21 pm • linkreport

Nifty meters!

by Lance on Oct 30, 2010 11:16 pm • linkreport

10:30 AM on Halloween, and over half the bikes in Rio de Janiero are rented out. Wow.

by Tom Veil on Oct 31, 2010 12:34 pm • linkreport

CaBi was great for the rally. After waiting in a (Red Line) Metro station for about 35 minutes, as packed train after packed train went by, I finally left, asked for a refund, and hopped on a CaBi.

Spotcycle said there were plenty of racks free around the mall, and indeed, there were. It was nearly effortless. (It was also interesting to observe that on-mall stations would have been useless for the event)

by andrew on Oct 31, 2010 6:47 pm • linkreport

Very interesting app. One factor to take into account in comparing cities, though, is the difference in time zones. With Europe 5-6 hours ahead of DC, it would seem like it would often be comparing apples and oranges to look at different usage levels - for example, during the morning rush hour in London and Milan, most people in Montreal and Washington are sound asleep. Some of the difference on a given day may be due to weather as well - I assume usage in any city is higher on a clear, sunny day, than when it is raining heavily.

by Mike on Nov 1, 2010 1:39 pm • linkreport

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