TWO GREAT TASTES IN
ONE CANDY BAR
A Half-Baked Idea About How We Can
Redesign New York Around Citi Bike
Dr. Anthony Townsend
NYU Rudin Center
for Transportation Policy and Management
Trips That :
• Are Too Far to Walk ~ 1 mile
• Span Gaps in Transit
• On Heavily Congested Bus Routes (the f***ing M42)
• Between Spokes on the Wheel
• Beyond Your Comfort Zone?
Citi Bike’s killer apps:
niches in NYC’s transportation system
Now, When Foursquare Dares You to Explore…
Hop on a Citi Bike!
Win Points and Badges!
Grow Your Heat Map!
What If We Re-Design A Neighborhood
Around These New Tools
1. Mine entire Foursquare check-in database to figure out
what anchors/attractors entice people out from subway
2. Now you can move those out further because you have
3. Use incentives to move those anchors further out
4. Allows you to spread the enormous value of the subway
over a larger area
5. Increase density in that larger area
6. BOOM! With no public money spend, you’ve solved New
York’s biggest long-term problem: where do we put the
next 1 million New Yorkers!
How Can We Test This?
• Look at how mobility patterns evolve for a group
of subjects by looking at personal data for both
– A) as they learn to use Foursquare
– B) as they learn to use citibike
– C) as they learn to use the two together
• Do their heat maps grow? Can we leverage that
to increase the “ridership shed” of a transit stop?
• Maybe one day… mash both entire data sets