Report links NYC Citi Bike usage to commuter journeys


Citi Bike in New York City is mainly being used for a short stage of a longer multi-stage commute, illustrating the importance of good wayfinding information at cycle hire stations.

A new report into New York’s Citi Bike scheme has been released by the NYU Rudin Centre for Transportation, available for download here.

Citi Bike is proving a success, with 14 million trips during 2016 representing a rise from 10 million the previous year. By the end of this year the system will have doubled in size to 12,000 bikes and 700 stations. The NYU Rudin Centre for Transportation claims that the diversity of transportation modes are what ‘makes New York move’.

The report suggests that riders are using Citi Bike for ‘last mile’ connections on longer transit trips, closing gaps in the fixed route public transport network.

This is why T-Kartor specialises in producing map information specially designed for each stage of the journey. In order to encourage a shift to sustainable forms of transport, complex journeys must be simplified and more options must be simply presented. At bus stops, for example, we produce maps of available bus services, but also local area maps for those searching for their destination, and onward journey maps showing alternative modes of transport in the vicinity.

Key information for cyclists on New York’s Citi Bike maps (produced by T-Kartor) includes safe and recommended routes; infrastructure such as segregated cycle paths; bike hire stations and cycle repair shops.

Information designed specifically for each mode of transport (including walking and cycling) requires basemaps in varying scales, formats and media. T-Kartor’s City Mapping Platform provides one core basemap, constantly maintained in collaboration with city authorities, with outputs to all necessary scales, formats and media. These include information totems, printed posters, hand held map leaflets, digital displays and smart phone apps.

The power of wayfinding signage to influence behaviour

Always keen to use our mapping products in situ and view them from a user perspective, I recently decided to carry out some research at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The last time I visited was at the height of the Olympic Games and the area was teeming with tourists clutching the T-Kartor produced Host City Map.

I have read about legacy plans for the area and the London Legacy Development Corporation, a mayoral planning authority with the remit to manage ongoing regeneration of the Park and surrounding areas. One stated goal was to link the Olympic Park to the communities in the surrounding urban area. Legible London wayfinding maps are intended to help towards this goal, so I planned to see how well the system works in reality.

As part of T-Kartor’s creation and maintenance of the Legible London database, we developed the online LLAMA portal, from where Transport for London (TfL) can manage Legible London products in a geographic asset management view (above). From the portal I could see the positions of 43 Legible London products. An excel output broke down the details: 11 bus stop maps, 8 vicinity maps at stations (including DLR) and 23 walking totems, of which 4 are OWCRE (Olympic Walking and Cycling Route) signs along the canal towpath. In addition, the LLAMA portal allowed me to study the layout and rotation angle of each sign, and see a preview of the printed artwork (below).

What struck me on arrival at Stratford Station is the complexity of the area. A vast shopping centre and transport hub were my first impressions, but without a map it would be very difficult to appreciate its layout. I made my way across a huge raised walkway towards the old Olympic Stadium, now home to West Ham United Football Club, where I hired a (TfL) Santander cycle.

I often hire a TfL cycle in London, and head off in any direction with the confidence (due to the high density of mapping products) that I will not get lost. Although I was very unsure of the area, I soon came across map products and felt confident to explore.

The area is still heavily under construction, and does have a very deserted feel about it. However, I am fascinated by the level of investment in infrastructure that is still going on, years after the Olympic Games left town. The area is trying to encourage growing businesses, with Here East digital quarter, 3 Mills Film and TV Studios and International Quarter London (new home for progressive business).

My cycle ride took me first through the slightly desolate park, around the outside towards Hackney Wick, then along the canal riverwalk. Within a very short cycle I had experienced areas of urban decay and vandalism; recreational areas along the canalside, where people tending their barges lended a feeling of safety; vast, barricaded building sites; new business developments and the impressively landscaped grassy verges of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

An area of such contrasts, both negative and positive, needs cohesion and context. Legible London mapping helps by displaying how the area fits together, how to quickly walk or cycle to areas of safety and just how close everything is to where you are standing. The familiar design will have helped many unfamiliar visitors to the Olympics to feel that the area is as much a part of London as the West End.

If anything, I was disappointed by the lack of density of the wayfinding signage. Once away from the Stratford transport hub I found myself worrying that I had cycled ‘off the map’ before seeing another mapping signpost and breathing a sigh of relief.

I had also expected the area to be more complete than it is. I will have to repeat my field study in a few years and see if the sense of cohesion is improved as well as the density of wayfinding signs.

T-Kartor maps Stockholm

Together with the award-winning design company Familjen Pangea, T-Kartor has completed a project to create new maps for the tram line no 7 to Djurgården. The map designs are based on experience from our successful projects in London, New York, Birmingham, Houston, Toronto, Dublin and Paris.

The detailed maps show all points of interest in the neighbourhood and the best ways to find them or complete the journey to your final destination.

The project also included new maps for the commuter Ferry lines 80, 82 and 89.

“This is yet more proof of our long-term customer relationships with close cooperation and a continuous development of new projects. This project really shows the benefit of using a consistent strategy for Mapping a Connected City to support sustainable mobility strategies. We look forward to supporting Stockholm as it strives towards a Greener Capital.”
Erik Körling, Managing Director T-Kartor Content Management

T-Kartor maps Houston Super Bowl

T-Kartor Prototypes Wayfinding in Houston, TX: Discovery Green Super Bowl Live Kiosk

T-Kartor have developed a pilot mapping system to support the City of Houston and the Super Bowl Host Committee. The primary focus of the pilot project was to provide Legible Wayfinding for those attending “Super Bowl Live” in Houston’s Discovery Green Park.

T-Kartor utilized open data sources, City of Houston GIS data and Houston Metro data to produce a public transit focused product to drive traffic from Discovery Green efficiently to the NRG Stadium.

The product was to focus on conveying walkability around the Houston Downtown area as well as presenting all the differing transit possibilities to those attending the Super Bowl.

The future for Houston Wayfinding and Public Transit looks bright and we look forward to continued progress following next week’s Big Game.

T-Kartor demonstrates GT at DGI Conference

Last week the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Conference was held at QEII Conference Centre in London.

The take home message from DGI was; getting the right data at the right time to the right user.

T-Kartor in coordination with Babcock UK and Harris Corporation demonstrated GT with full end to end support from our partners.

GT offers a platform to unify all users of an organization. Ensuring changes in the data and areas of interest are conveyed to the user immediately. Inputs from all levels of an organization from the strategic command to the tactical edge should be shared and disseminated quickly and efficiently. Regardless of system, user GIS knowledge or mission.

We received fantastic feedback and looking forward to exciting opportunities in 2017.

http://dgi.wbresearch.com/

T-Kartor to produce Air charts for Norwegian Defence

T-Kartor has once again been awarded a contract for outsourced production of Air charts for FMGT in the Norwegian Defence for a period up to seven years. The contract involves continous production of all types of Norwegian air chart in any format and scales ranging from 1:50.000 to 1:1.000.000. T-Kartor will also continue to be responsible for the Correction Facility and create all needed information for NOTAM and CHADNOR. This contract will also focus on enhancing the Cartographic Level in each product and create a new standard for symbology and cartography.

T-Kartor has been responsible for the production of the Air Charts for the Norwegian Defence since 2004 and have provided continous development and cost reduction. T-Kartor has also been responsible for producing ICAO maps including NOTAM for the civil avition authority Avinor.

“This is yet more proof of our long-term customer relationships with close cooperation and a continous development of new services. This new contract will focus on Product-On-Demand production with complete NAVPLAN deliveries for each AIRAC date. We look forward to developing next generation NAVPLANs and Cartographic production methods together with FMGT”
Erik Körling, Managing Director T-Kartor Content Management

T-Kartor present at DGI (Defence Geospatial Intelligence Conference)

This week the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Conference is being held at QEII Conference Centre in London.
T-Kartor were there with a presentation entitled:

Innovative Foundation GEOINT Services for efficiency, rapid and flexible response, and empowered users

Abstract:
T-Kartor together with the Harris Team has recently been awarded the world’s largest geospatial services contract for production and maintenance of a significant part of the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT information– termed “Foundation GEOINT Content Management (FGCM)” – imaginatively applying and integrating Harris’ and T-Kartor’s innovation in advanced geospatial exploitation capabilities and data centric approach.

The joint presentation will describe our strength and approach to FGCM, and outline how our innovative, well developed and constantly evolving services have been and will be successfully applied to transform the GEOINT tradecraft in a cost efficient manner.

T-Kartor is a small business with core expertise in content management, seamless database driven cartography, multiple outputs on demand and online services. Harris is a company with a presence worldwide and 14,000 employees with core expertise in geospatial exploitation, systems engineering, mission-critical networks and communications.

http://dgi.wbresearch.com/

T-Kartor Group expand in Europe

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In October 2014 T-MAPY who are part of T-Kartor Group completed the acquisition of Slovakian company GISTA Ltd. GISTA are a progressive organisation specialising in the development of open source GIS solutions for public and private sectors, their services are used by a number of local public administration agencies and they will continue to operate under their original trade name. The combination of years of knowledge and experience of the Slovak market from both T-MAPY and GISTA is an important development in the field of GIS.

Commercial director of GISTA Rastislav Mi?aník said “We discussed options with a number of successful companies but our criteria and requirements could only be met by T-MAPY and we look forward to expanding our services to existing and future customers”. Monica Geregová from T-MAPY’s sales office in Slovakia explained that the combination of the two companies is an excellent starting point for further technological innovation and trade. She added “our Czech customers are especially aware that we can provide complex and highly specialised software solutions along with high-quality maps and we now want use our years of experience for the same purposes in Slovakia”.

GISTA is among the most important suppliers of Geographic Information Systems for government bodies in Slovakia. T-MAPY is one of the largest geo-information companies in the Czech Republic and also part of the international T-Kartor Group of companies established in Sweden in 1985. Both organisations are now looking to focus the alignment of sales and marketing activities and corporate communication with customers and business partners.

Further information in Czech can be found here
Further information in Slovak can be found here