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Divvy releases public ridership data for first time, opens contest

February 11, 2014|By Mick Swasko, @swasko

Divvy's data is now anyone's to develop. 

Chicago's bike share provider announced Tuesday that for the first time, trip-by-trip data for about 750,000 rides taken last year is available to the public. Along with the release of the downloadable data, the company issued a challenge to "scientists, programmers and developers" to analyze the data and find ways to present it visually. 

"We're interested in infographics, maps, images, animations or websites that can help answer questions and reveal patterns in Divvy usage," the announcement stated, adding that prizes will be awarded in several categories, including "most beautiful" and "most creative." The challenge is a partnership with Chicago tech and entrepreneur hub 1871.

Entries are due by March 11, and full details and the data are available here

Data anonymous made available to the public Tuesday morning includes: 

  • Trip start time
  • Trip end time
  • Start station 
  • End station
  • Type of rider
  • Rider gender and year of birth (if rider is a Divvy member)

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