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Saturday, May 23, 2015

London Cycle Hire Usage

Source: Tableau Public
Authors: Chris McGrillen

Click the image for the interactive version.

Best Practices

  • I’m generally not a big fan of dark backgrounds, but it works well here because it makes the routes stand out.
  • The line width makes the more frequent routes stand out.
  • Good use of filters; they are out of the way as to not distract the reader
  • Simple bar charts that do a great job of summarizing the complex map

Recommended Enhancements:

  • Using a two-colour divergent colour scale might make the route frequency even more evident, but that would be tough with the dark background (contradicting myself, I know)
  • Change the gray fonts to white to make them easier to read

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