Bike-o-Meter Now Without Paris/Dublin/Brussels/Valencia/Seville/ Vienna and Toyama

The world of data is changing, vast amounts of free and open data are enabling innovative visualisations. Our new Bike-o-Meter could be seen as a case in point, it provides at a glance a view of how bicycle rental schemes in cities around the world are performing. It even allows you to view the percentage of hire bikes that would need to be redistributed to balance each scheme and here may lie the problem – it allows under performing cities to be clearly identified using their own data.

Sadly a number of cities, run by a common provider, have requested that we no longer use their data, stating use protection under the harmonised sui generis database right, as provided under Directive 96/9/EC: Chapter III Article 7 (1) and (2).

Below is how the Bike-o-Meter used to look:

We are of course happy to accept the request and as a result Paris/Dublin/Brussels/Valencia/Seville/ Vienna and Toyama are now sitting with empty dials. This is disappointing to say the least, we would be happy to add these cities back in but as ever with data its down to the providers…

Got a view? #bikeometer on Twitter.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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  1. PlaceMatters Weekly Blog Roundup: October 19, 2010 - January 20, 2014

    […] Digital Urban shows off a very cool dashboard display – the Bike-o-Meter – of how bicycle rentals in cities around the world are performing.  They also report, sadly, that the provider running a number of these requested that DU stop using their data, so the displays are now empty. […]

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