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June 15, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Visualization of NYC Runners

The MFA School of Visual Arts used data from Nike+ users in New York City who tracked their runs to  visualize runners and bicyclists on the move in NYC in attractive portraits.

Some favs:

NYC, A Runner’s Landscape

New York City is a runner’s destination. With Central Park, the Westside Highway, and even the unpredictable challenges of sharing the streets with taxis and strollers alike, New York is a favorite among runners. “NYC, A Runner’s Landscape” takes a closer look at the city from a runner’s perspective. The first visualization explores just how far New Yorkers are going and how weather affects their total mileage. The second visualizes elevation patterns compared to that of the city. Ultimately, the city takes on a recognizable landscape through runner’s footsteps alone.




This project set out to examine the Nike+ data from a variety of angles, considering location, pace, distance, time, and even temperature, pairing them together to find correlations that paint a complete picture of what it means to be a runner in New York City.


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