Hubway Data
Visualization Challenge


Hi There.

Welcome to my entry for the Hubway Data Challenge. When I started this, I really wasn't sure what sort of data I would be looking for, so I began by building a few tools that allowed me to look at the data in a few different ways. Well, I ended up enjoying the tools more than I thought I would, and spent waaay too much time messing around with them, so I decided to share my joy and focus on building what I thought were a few interesting toys for us all to play around with.

The first is called VizMap, and it is a simulation of rides that happened on any certain day between 7am and 11pm. The pink circles represent female riders, the blue circles represent male riders and the green represent casual rentals. Picking a station from drop-down and you will only see trips in and out of that station. There are animation controls and a slider that let you change the time of the simulation. You can also set the speed (1-10) that the simulation runs at. Clicking on a station icon will give you some basic information about that station.

The second visualization is called Station Rank and simply shows the general rankings of stations between August 1st, 2012 and September 30th, 2012. Red circles represent a very high rank (top 10%), and the blue circles represent the lowest ranked stations.

Once again, you can find the visualizations at:
VizMap
Station Rank

If you dig this, make sure to vote for me at The Hubway Data Challenge Site


"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with." - Mark Twain



This project takes advantage of the exellent Javascript libraries Colors.js and Moment.js, as well as the Google Maps API. Many thanks to their authors and to everyone everywhere who keeps Open Source software working. Also special thanks to my wife, and my friends Matt and Chip.

Note: The Hubway data only included beginning and end stations. I used the Google Directions API to calculate a route between two stations. These are NOT GPS coordinates of actual bikes, but rather a representation of what things would look like if everyone followed Google Maps directions.