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.


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 »