What public transit data teaches us about how people use a city

/ By Filipa

This project was developed out of an Urban Design Data Challenge  that invited designers and developers to visualize data on public transit.
Idealised by Schema Design, It looks at  the patterns we make in whole city-wide communities of commuters.

As the creators, Christian Marc Schmidt and Sergei Larionov, wrote about the three videos that pulse with the movement of transit ridership:

“Ridership is an identifier for how cities are utilised—whether they are centralised, decentralised or have multiple focal points, whether activity concentrates during rush hour as people are entering or leaving the city center(s), or whether activity is spread out over time. As the transit passenger data suggests, Geneva is centralised while Zurich appears to have multiple centers, and activity is concentrated during rush hours. Activity in San Francisco on the other hand is more evenly spread out, both spatially and over the course of the day. These insights are not only useful for city planners and transit authorities, who can get a sense of what areas see high and low ridership and understand what areas are underserved by public transit.”

San Francisco:

Zurich:

Geneva:




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