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.
T-Kartor USA, as part of the Harris corporation team has been awarded the Foundation GEOINT Content Management (FGCM) contract for up to five years to provide geospatial data services to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
The Harris team will utilize T-Kartor’s data-centric approach using a “One Feature One Time” database, which automatically eliminates data redundancy and ensures data currency. This approach significantly reduces the time required for processing and delivery of products and services when compared with traditional methods.
T-Kartor has successfully developed and demonstrated database-centric, seamless cartographic production for over 20 years and has consistently provided real efficiencies across domains. T-Kartor’s production approach results in real time products with significant unit cost reductions when compared to traditional methodologies.
“T-Kartor USA has been working with Harris for over eight years preparing and persuing the FGCM contract. To be a part of the winning team is the best affirmation we can receive, solidifying our database-centric strategy as the most efficient and cost effective way to produce a large number of continuously maintained products.” says COO Elliott Ferguson.
About T-Kartor USA
T-Kartor USA a Delaware company, was founded in 2001 and has successfully operated under the SSA for the past 5 years. T-Kartor USA focuses on two main domains: Defence & Security and Smart Cities, where we have a number of core specialities, including topographic, aeronautical and maritime navigation, public transport and the urban landscape. Our successful compliance with the SSA allows T-Kartor USA to supply products and services to the US Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and NATO countries across the globe.
T-Kartor USA is privately held by the T-Kartor Group, founded in Kristianstad in Sweden in 1985. T-Kartor Group paved the way as one of the first to use digital technologies to create cartographic products. T-Kartor has since experienced constant growth and now has more than 160 employees and offices worldwide.
See the reaction (in swedish) from the Swedish Security and Defence Industry Association