The colour of London’s commute

This map shows the broad mix of transport modes Londoners use to get to work, according to the 2011 Census. It uses RGB space to show the share of car/van/taxi/motorbike (in red), cycling/walking (in green) and public transport (in blue).

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A couple of notes / caveats: it is based on place of residence rather than place of work, so the central area is green rather than blue because city centre residents tend to walk while city centre workers tend to get public transport. And it shows the main mode of transport so will tend to exclude short journey stages such as walking to or from public transport.

The map was made in R, and was inspired by James Cheshire’s maps of voting patterns. It was first published on my other blog, Drawing Rings Around the World.

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