Origin-Destination mapping for 27th of April, 1st and 2nd of May

May 4th 2020


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Origin-Destination Mapping

To provide insight into such unique changes in mobility from early 2020, we have created a dynamic data visualisation that shows all origin and destination of vehicles on the network. This is updated weekly. For more information about OD mapping, see here

Final Destination: Where is everybody going?

How has mobility changed across individual Sydney municipalities? We looked at four different councils across Greater Sydney to compare data from the 24th of April, 2020.

Visualisation showing origin of vehicles on 1st of May

Visualisation showing destination of vehicles on 1st of May

There is a famous proverb that has floated around even before the prevalence of the internet - life is about the journey not the destination. However, when it comes to mobility data, it's a little bit of both.

Last week we released journey origin data across Sydney, with a focus on four Councils situated across Greater Sydney and the Central Coast. This week, we thought it was only fitting to end our 8-week exploration of mobility during a pandemic with a journey destination heat map as well.

The aspect we found quite interesting was the difference between the origin and destination heat maps:

  • Origin heat maps showed large clusters across most areas of Sydney

  • Destination heat maps showed less wide-spread clusters, most of which surrounded key transport infrastructure and interchanges

Although origin points spread far and wide, destination points were fewer and far between; this possibly indicates that while many journeys start in different places, they may end in similar ones. Here's a side-by-side visual comparison of the heat map for origins and destinations:

Visualisations for the 27th of April, 1st and 2nd of May

Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 27th of April 2020

Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 1st of May 2020

Origin-Destination Mapping for New South Wales, 2nd of May 2020