21 May '13, 2pm

Building a Bicycle Barometer

Building a Bicycle Barometer

It takes me 25 minutes to get to work via London’s Tube, and about the same time to cycle to work. I prefer to cycle—the Tube is crowded and prone to delays—but there are times when it’s too cold or wet to avoid the train. Last year, I realized that making the decision before my daily commute to cycle or take the Tube had become a surprisingly complex affair. Transport for London, which runs the city’s transit network, opened up its application programming interfaces (APIs) in 2010 to developers as part of the London Datastore, which aggregates data from a number of public sector organizations serving the city (http://data.london.gov.uk ). This led to the creation of dozens of status and travel planning apps for commuters. Consequently, I’d check the weather forecast the evening before and the status of the Tube on my phone in the morning. I’d hooked up an instant messenge...

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