National Geographic : 2012 Jun
* * * * * * * * Mostly full in the evening Mostly full in the day Seven stations are equally full in the day and in the evening. RIVER THAMES HYDE PARK REGENT S PARK CITY CENTER 6:33 p.m. 12:27 p.m. 7:33 a.m. 8:02 a.m. 11:36 a.m. 6:51 a.m. 10:12 a.m. Empty docking points % BARCELONA 55% 60% 50% 12 a.m. Weekday usage 6 a.m. Noon 6 p.m. 8 p.m. 11 a.m. WASHINGTON, D.C. LONDON Start End 6:37 a.m. 6:39 p.m. 500 0ft 2,000 0m Morning Evening 0 10,000 5,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 2012 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 60,000 Number of bikes London Launched in July 2010, this urban bike-share system features some 6,000 bicycles across central London. An additional 2,000 were due this spring, with the expansion focused on areas in East London. Bikes can be picked up and returned at any of the docking stations shown here. A Day of Small Journeys London bikes typically are used by two to four riders a day; the average trip lasts 14 minutes. Here's where one bike went on a spring day. DOCKING STA T TIONS A The percentage of slots filled at each station varies by time. Circle sizes reflect the difference at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Usage Patterns Weekday bike flow in London (right) shows a commuter pattern in and out of the city center. In various cities peak usage periods (below) can reflect local culture. London usage jumps significantly during commuting hours. D.C. riders are shifting from a leisure to a commuting pattern. GRAPHICS: ÁLV LA V RO VALIÑO. SOURCE: OLIVER O'BRIEN, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON. PHOTO:MARK THIESSEN, NGM STAFF COMMUTING PATTERNS A Barcelona citizens use bikes during their afternoon break. Hangzhou (China) London plans to add more than 2,000 bikes this year. Barcelona Montreal Washington, D.C. Growing Popularity Docking insert Bikes fit into slots at automated stands.