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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Boris Johnson's 'cycling revolution' visualised



12 comments:

Appealing of Ealing said...

Good.

What were you expecting anyway?

Is this the socialist vision of progress.

AdamB said...

Boris is a socialist now? You learn something every day

Anonymous said...

Otherwise expressed as a 15% increase over three years.

Your graph is dishonest, because 100% is impossible to achieve (all journeys in London by bicycle). Sorry, that's a data visualisation fail.

Better to plot something like cycle journeys per capita per year against other cities, or something.

AdamB said...

Okay, well in Munich 14% of all journeys are made by bike and in Amsterdam it's 38%.

I'm sorry but whatever way you look at it, increasing cycling trips from 1.9% to 2.2% is not a 'revolution'.

Anonymous said...

Well, exactly. The point is the graph is bad, not the underlying data. The white space from 2.2 to 100% is trying to make a point, but there isn't enough data shown in the graph to do that fairly.

Plot Munich and Amsterdam as comparators and you've got a much stronger graph, and a better point.

AdamB said...

No, your claim was that the graph was dishonest. It isn't.

Anonymous said...

I'm no fan of Boris, but an increase of 15% over three years seems alright to me.

Obviously more needs to be done, and faster, but I'd be interested to hear how fast you think would be fast enough - especially given that you've built a clearly very partisan graph.

I haven't done any research, but how fast is cycling growing in other cities? Wouldn't that be a fairer measure of progress?

P. Stable said...

Even if you take out the white space and
only plot as far as 2.5%
, there's still very little sign of a revolution going on.

AdamB said...

So you've gone from claiming the graph is dishonest to claiming that it's "partisan".

It's amazing what somebody can read into two bars with no commentary underneath it.

Anonymous said...

Two different Anons. Sorry about that.

AdamB said...

I really should just turn the anonymous option off of the comments.

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