Average weekday public bicycle traffic in London UK at 17:45 pm. The large blue and purple dots show the inflow to King's Cross and Waterloo train stations, while the light green and orange dots show the outflows from central London. There are also sizable, light green dots for dock stations in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Bicycle Use Visualization With Bokeh

I’ve dedicated some time to build an interactive scatter plot with Bokeh to show the average weekday bicycle traffic in London UK for 2019. The interactive plot displays the total and net traffic fluxes for 748 docking stations and 12940 bicycles in downtown London. The size of each data point corresponds to the total traffic flux given by the sum of the mean inflow and outflow, and the color shows the net flux given by the difference between the mean inflow and outflow. The blue-shifted colors represent a net inflow of bicycles while the red-shifted colors represent a net outflow.

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Public Bicycle Use in London during COVID Lockdown

The public bicycle share scheme in London has enjoyed an overwhelming success since its introduction in July 2010. The program is currently at its tenth year and has proven to be very popular among Londoners who now as of July 2020 have access to 781 docking stations and over 12,000 bikes throughout the city. However due to the lockdown caused by the COVID pandemic there has been a distinct change in the frequency of use of public transportion by city residents, and cycling has followed this trend as well.

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Bicycle Share Use in London

The public bicycle sharing scheme has been in use in London for just over ten years now, since it was first introduced by the then mayor of London Boris Johnson in July 2010. It has had a slow but steady increase in use and popularity over the course of the years, such that there is a plan to further increase the number of dock stations and bicycles currently in use to cover a larger area of the downtown and nearby boroughs of the city. The bicycle usage by London city residents is most definitely an interesting project in data analysis and visualization in itself, given particularly that the data is freely available for public consumption on the TfL web site.