State of the City

While I was searching around for some city population data yesterday, I came across the document “Bristol State of the City mid-2015” (PDF link) which has some data “fun facts” about Bristol.

Here are a few I found interesting so putting them down for future reference:

  • More than 180 countries of birth and 91 languages spoken (Census 2011)
  • Life expectancy for women is 0.3 years below the national average but for men is 1.2 years below the national average (ONS 2011-2013)
  • 59% of Bristolians are overweight or obese
  • ~35,000 full time students live in Bristol during term time
  • 46% of working aged residents have at least one degree (compared to 36% nationally)
  • Bristol residents are more highly qualified than all the other Core Cities except Cardiff and is the third strongest academic cluster in the UK (after Oxford and Cambridge)
  • 193,000 homes (in 2014) – 55% owner-occupied / 24% private rented / 21% social rented
  • Average house price was £198,600 in Feb 2015 (Rightmove suggests it’s 8% higher than that now at around £215,500)
  • 93 crimes reported per 1000 people
  • 14.5mph is the average speed of traffic in rush hour
  • 45% of household waste is recycled (In 2010 it was only 8%)
  • 71% of residents are concerned about the impacts of Climate Change
  • 70% of shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs are independent
  • £B 350,000 of Bristol Pounds in circulation
  • 40% of the world’s wildlife films are linked to Bristol studios
  • 217,300 people are in employment in Bristol – an employment rate of 70.9% (Dec 2014)

The Bristol API

Bristol wants to become a “programmable city” and right at the end of last year Bristol City Council unveiled The Bristol API. Let’s take a look…

Bristol programmable city

The Bristol API

In 2015 Bristol City Council’s City Innovation team appointed the London-based software company Urban Things to build an API to give developers access to transport data for Bristol in real time (plus some other nice features like route planning).

It looks like a dig at the council to mention that the company hired to do this was a London company when I’m sure there are plenty of companies in Bristol that could have delivered this but actually Urban Things already have good experience and an established platform for managing bus data so hopefully BCC got a good price with our tax money because of that!

And, dear citizen, you can get access to the Bristol API here for free so don’t say the council never give you anything back!

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Bristol Exercise Insights from the Strava Global Heatmap?

Strava, a popular GPS run / ride tracking app, have compiled their data into a beautiful Global Heatmap showing the preferred paths of runners and cyclists around the world.

I, of course, have been taking a zoomed in look at Bristol to see what we can learn.

Here are the cycling and running GPS tracks through central Bristol. Single tracks are thin blue lines then as more tracks stack up on a route you get a thicker blue line and then a red thick line for the most common routes.

Cyclists

Strava Bristol Bikes

Runners

Strava Bristol Runners

Here are some interesting features I found:
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