#citydata: Ten Facts About Cities (Part 7)


Numbers can tell us a lot. Like how many bikeshare rides were taken on the coldest day of the year, how many miles the average American drives, and much more. Our #citydata series shares interesting urban facts with our Tumblr followers, and it’s time for another recap of ten recent instalments (and if you really love numbers, click for parts 12345 and 6 of this series). So without further ado:

It’s been cold in much of the US this Winter. But a surprising number of Washington D.C. residents bundled up and used the area’s newest bikeshare system to get around town, despite frigid single digit temperatures.

Biking just might have been the one thing keeping them warm!

And this is despite the Mayor insisting there are no gay people in the city. I wonder how these bars make any business?

US PIRG releases a study of trends and changes in American driving habits. Read more here.

The city also avoided any bike-related fatalities in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

It’s not good news for tenants in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, with the council running a “hard-hitting campaign” to solve the issue.

And it’s good news from Spain too, with 20.9% of electricity coming from wind.

In the face of globalized agribusiness, where the developing world serves as the developed world’s farmer, some 38% of the total food eaten in Britain is imported.

That’s around twice as much solar capacity as currently installed in China, where 65% of solar energy currently comes from large scale farms.

That’s compared to 20% in London and 10-20% in New York.

Just to give that some perspective, only 9 cities in the United States have more than 1 million.