Friday, 6 June 2014

São Paulo in Statistics: How people move around

Just as a city's geography defines its transport needs, a city's transport network defines its future spatial layout and urban development. In other words it is both, a response to, and a driver of growth.

In the same way, the development of private transport is both caused and inhibited by the availability and quality of alternative public systems. 

Old world mega cities such as London and New York have extensive metro networks, essentially because they started earlier and have had a head start in terms of wealth. 

São Paulo, however, is much more similar to Mexico city. It trails far behind Mexico in terms of track kilometres built but the seemingly never-ending sprawl that caracterise both cities means that the car is king.

Below are some interesting infographics from the same dataset (LSE cities) we used last month to look at where people live in São Paulo. This time they offer an insight into how people move around in each city.

You can clearly see the difference between Hong Kong, Mumbai or Istanbul, cities which have cheap, efficient and accessible public transport and São Paulo or Johannesburg which have heavily strained public infrastructure failing to adequately connect people from where they want to go to where they live and vice versa.

Shanghai is investing heavily in metro and rail transport but in the meantime the humble bicycle is alleviating congestion on larger transportation systems.

Huge potential for metro and train growth

A very compact city means a lot of walking

Despite the sealink most people stay on one side or the other

Informal minibus dependency

Still has high car usage despite congestion charge

Colonial era train network is still main transport method

The city with the most bicycle journeys


Andrew Francis said...

Very cool charts! I like the use of the inner ring to sum up by category. Where did you get the numbers from? Some of them (like London) are a bit unexpected, don't you think?

DSP said...

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