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Mapped: Oyster Card touch ins and outs

Posted at 8:00 am, April 9, 2013 in Technology, Transport

How much do you think about your journey? Do you ever wonder where the yawning person sitting opposite you has travelled from? Have you ever wondered how many people have as long and tiresome a commute as you? Well, now you can find out how traffic flows through tube and rail stations thanks to this clever animation from digital cartographer Oliver O’Brien, showing all of the touch ins and outs of Oyster cards in a typical day. The hypnotic video has a simple colour code that lets you decipher exactly what’s going on: where the in/out numbers are roughly equal at that time, the colour is white. Red stations indicate a strong flow into the network and green stations show a predominately outward flow. It’s all done in 10 minute intervals and shows a real insight into London’s commuting nature. The video, which was originally part of the London Transport Museum exhibition ‘Sense and the City’, inspired the map depicting the first 5 million Boris Bike rides which was released last year. Carly-Ann Clements

For more info, see oliverobrien.co.uk.

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