Tuesday, 22 November 2011

US road fatality mapping available online

Do check out our new road fatality mapping for the USA giving details of the 369,629 fatalities on US roads between 2001 and 2009. Use the 'share' features to tweet a link to the current map view, send a URL by email, embed a link to the map view in a website or even embed a slippy map in your own website of blog.*
Here is an embedded slippy map for the USA (try panning and zooming and selecting place using the search):

Here is an embedded map for downtown Los Angeles:

*You can easily embed a map for an area of interest in your own website or in Blogger. To do this first select the map view of interest, then click on the share icon and copy the text in the box below the 'embeded' heading and paste it into your website. Adjust the height and width as appropriate. It isn't yet possible to embed maps in Wordpress.com blog.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Road casualty (RTA) mapping for the USA coming later this week

We are getting ready to launch an online map showing fatalities from Road Traffic Accidents in the USA over a 10 year period next week in advance of Thanksgiving. In the mean time here are a few screen grabs.

The first image is for Manhattan Island (New York) and shows that most fatalities are of pedestrian (dark blue background with lighter figure). The number of Cyclists (dark green background with lighter figure), motorcyclists (orange with darker figure) and vehicle occupants (purple with a darker figure) is also significant. Pedestrians are generally in their 30s-50s, motocyclists are more likely to be in the 20s and 30s. The youngest pedestrian death that I can see is of a 3 years old boy and the oldest is of a 99 man - click to view image at full size.

And here is the pattern in Washington DC where the percentage of vehicle occupants is higher; the spread of ages seems pretty wide was well.

This map shows the Silicon Valley are with a cluster of pedestrian fatalities around Stanford University and a string of vehicle fatalities on highway 101.

The overview for Washington State (Seattle is on the right) invites the user to zoom in, but even at this scale it is possibly to see how the crashes are distributed across the territory and the distribution by mode.

By contrast, this overview map showing the area around near Rapid City, South Dakota shows that nearly all the of fatalities are of motorcylists in an area that is very popular touring area motorcyclists btw:

In you want to have an idea what the service will look like when it comes then do try our UK Road Casualty mapping service.

We are keen to add details for every country that has suitable data available. If you can recommend any good sources of such data then please add a reference in a comment at the end of this blog or email us.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Road casualty mapping for GB roads

Can you give this new road casualty mapping service a go for us? It shows road casualties for Great Britain for the period 2000 - 2010. Zoom in for more details and find a detailed explanation at the bottom of the page. We are releasing it in the run up to the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims which takes place this Sunday in many places around the UK and in many other countries.

We are likely to be getting some good coverage of it tomorrow and over the weekend and are keen to get lots of people trying it between now and then. If you have any problems or suggestions then email us at support@itoworld.com. Alternatively you might prefer use twitter (@itoworld). One can embed this mapping into websites and also into Blogger. Instructions are available on the main page itself. Try it here:

It has been developed with financial support from the Department for Transport and from the Technology Strategy Board as part of their funding of Ideas in Transit, a five year project to "promote the understanding, awareness and development of user innovations relevant to transport".

We have a version for the USA in preparation which will be ready prior to Thanksgiving Day (24th November). More soon.