These Maps Visualize London’s 2.4 Billion Bus Journeys In A Whole New Way

Joshua Barrie  3 Nov 2014

These Maps Visualize London’s 2.4 Billion Bus Journeys In A Whole New Way

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In 2013, Londoners took 2.4 billion bus journeys. They were prescribed 116 million items by doctors, and found themselves joined by more than 1,750,000 American tourists.

Meanwhile, in one small, financial corner of the capital, the population, in every 24-hour period of the year, spiked from 222 residents to more than 127,000.

These staggering statistics are the work of geographer James Cheshire and visual artist Oliver Uberti, who have merged to create a new series of maps depicting London as “the most data-heavy capital in the world.”

The maps and infographics are as diverse as the information they cover — highlighting, for example, the 2,580 mobile phones left in a single year at Heathrow Airport, and charting the 1.1 million phone calls the emergency services took in 2013. Approximately 32,500 of them, by the way, came from incapacitated binge drinkers.

In “There is order and beauty in the chaos of your commute,” Cheshire and Uberti capture London’s commuting routes using data from Oyster travel cards logged by University College London. Tracking the likes of train journeys and taxi fares and digitalizing their movements, they arc to form a colorful algorithm of details.

“Almost every journey taken in London leaves a digital trace in its wake,” explain Cheshire and Uberti on their website. “It may be hard to appreciate as you squeeze onto a Tube or bus in the morning, but you are one of millions adding to the beauty of the currents captured.”

In “Generation rent,” the graph on the left shows the change in median monthly rent prices from January 2013 to April 2014. On the right, there’s a visualization of the cost increase for two-bedroom apartments along the Tube’s Central line, with inner stations costing far more than their suburban neighbours.

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