Bike share mapping creates beautiful portraits of London, NYC and Berlin (this is very cool)

Bike sharing isn’t very popular around the Northwest Florida area but it is in larger cities across the globe.  There is a very neat project that shows the real-time bike sharing use across major cities in North America and Europe.  Now, I love riding my bike but for me to be able to get to the office from my home would mean that I would leave the house at 3 in the morning.  But, if I were located in a larger city with an adequate cycling lanes, I would probably be one who commutes by bike.

Follow the link in the quote and see how this project started and what the visuals reveal about the programs.

Thanks to http://metrocosm.com/ for the post on facebook about the article.

Bike sharing programmes have grown from just 24 cities worldwide a decade ago to more than 800 cities today, but how has a 200-year-old device suddenly become the next big thing in urban transport? The key is digital information, the real-time GPS technology that allows the bikes to be tracked and secured, and lets cities monitor how and where they are being used.

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Australia to shift 1.8 meters on New Years day

On New Years day Australia will “shift”, what wait?  No, really it will shift digitally because it has been slowly shifting 7 cm per year because of tectonic plate movement.   The last update was in 1994 and can/does create errors with GPS units and data.   Here are a couple of great articles about the shift and why.

Maps of Australia are all five feet off. Would you be brave enough to use a self-driving car there?

Australia Will Suddenly Move 1.8 Meters North On New Year’s Day

 

Today’s Remote Sensing Image of the day: Nishinoshima Volcanic Island Growth

This image was taken by Worldview-2 one of the many remote sensing satellites that DigitalGlobe has in its fleet. The imagery is from December 31, 2013, I love remote imagery, this is a very awesome image.

Read more or go here to see some awesome imagery by DigitalGlobe.

An island rises out of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan in this December 31, 2013 image captured by WorldView-2. Formed by a still-active undersea volcano, scientists claim the new island, Nishinoshima, will offer a rare chance to examine how new life colonizes barren land.Nishinoshima_JP_WV2_31DEC2013_XL_1920x1080