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This Wired article describing “America’s worst commutes”, based on this article at bundle.com, included a chart for commute volume and length.

Commenter frantaylor noticed that the chart would make Edward Tufte’s hall of shame.

So I fixed it. I hope I have given ample credit above, that nobody minds this modified chart. (If there is a problem, let me know, I will disappear it within minutes if I am online, hours otherwise.) The original is included in both of the articles referenced above, along with a great deal of explanatory text, that deserves reading. Click image for full size.

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It’s not even very nice for cars.

The worst part of my commute to work, is the last mile or so, through Burlington. The road — Middlesex Turnpike — is rumpled asphalt and piles of leftover winter sand. I can avoid a bunch of it by taking a left turn through an office park, but one day when traffic was heavy, I noticed something missing. Maybe you can spot it. (Hint: what if you had to walk across the road?)

Thanks to Google for the pretty pictures. I grabbed them with FlySketch, and rotated and cropped with Acorn.

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Road Crap

May 27, 2007

I’ve been trying to figure out how to educate car drivers, so they might understand why I don’t always ride inches from the curb. I attached a camera to my bike and filmed the road on a ride to work. The movie is taking a looooong time to export, but I have some highlights. The uncut movie’s a little dull, anyway. Read the rest of this entry »