The Bay Area BikeShare program is set to open this week, making it the only major bikeshare currently operating on the West Coast. Bicycle sharing programs have swept across the country, with more than 20 U.S. cities participating as of 2013; a number that is expected to nearly double in the next year.
Besides helping to clear congestion and promote a healthy lifestyle, bike sharing programs have the ability to collect data on membership and ridership within their system to provide a snapshot of alternative methods of transportation that are otherwise difficult to track. These databases, which are often open to the public, have allowed data scientists to create some stunning visualizations of a city’s commuting patterns that provide valuable insight and are fun to look at.
Until New York City opened its bike share program in May 2013, Washington, D.C. and its nearby suburbs was home to the largest... keep reading