Interactive Chicago Commute Mode Map


Few months ago, we have shared an interactive commute map in Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York regions, and now we find another commute map for Chicago. This map shows various transportation mode people use for commute in each Chicago’s neighborhood.


The map is created by Shaun Jacobsen, a writer of the Transitized blog and a freelances of Streetblog, last week for showing the primary commute mode foe each census tract using data from 2008-2012, and also displays how many households do not own a car that map users may be surprised by the fact that there is amount of households in Chicago don’t own a car.

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
This map provides rich-information for various commute mode with detailed statistic. However, the category legend for selecting heat map layer of individual commute mode is hidden that map users may find difficult to figure it out. Category legend and map legends are always playing important role in indication that it should be displayed in the default map view.

Interactive Homicide Report for Los Angeles

There is an interactive map for homicide reports in Los Angeles County that any death deemed a homicide by the coroner’s office will be included in the report.

This interactive report is a clustering map that map users can zoom in the map by clicking the bubble. Detailed information of the individual homicide (e.g. report of the case, updated news of the arrests, and court trials) can be seen by selecting a specific point on the map.

Heat map overlay is also applied on the map for highlighting regions in various homicide levels.


Since 2007, 33% of the deaths in L.A. come from the African American community that gun violence accounted for 74% of it. (We have previously shared another U.S. map about gun violence.)

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
This interactive map is very informative and user-friendly that provides detailed information for individual case on a neat and simple interface. Clear and simple interface are key elements when creating a map, and here are some highlights for this map:

  • Clustering feature helps simplifying numerous points on the map
  • Category legend is provided for user to disable useless information on the map
  • Heat map layer in light and soft color tone keep the map looks simple
  • Heat map legend is provided for indication

As an interactive report, this map is easy to navigate and valuable for residents to keep tracking the safety status in their community.

Interactive China Map: How Chinese Travelling Home for Lunar New Year


This Friday (31 Jan) is the new year day of Lunar New Year in China, which means it is the beginning of “Chunyun”, a holiday that people travelling home for family gathering. Here is an interactive China map, created by Baidu, for tracking all congestion.

Basically, it is a hell for travelling during this period, and BBC has mentioned that Beijing’s major train stations is know as “the busiest place on the planet” with horrible traffic jams. In order to keep tracking the congestion, Baidu (similar to Google in China) has launched the interactive live map for updating all the trips in each hour. Map users can also search data by date, time, and city. There are also charts list out the most popular cities for arrive at/departure. Currently, Beijing is the main target city that Chinese are travelling to, and Chongqing is the second most popular city. Meanwhile, Beijing is also the most popular city for departure, which is understandable that most of the Chinese work in capital and travel back to home for celebrating festival. So it is not surprisingly that Shanghai places second in the list.


Map Reviews: 3.5/5 Stars
Though this live map provides useful information, but it is only useful to Chinese or those who knows Chinese as the map does not support other languages, e.g. English. Furthermore, the map does not support pan and zooming that users can either search cities in the search box or mouse click the cities in the chart.

Locations to Celebrate Australia Day in New South Wales

The annual Australia Day is coming next week that it is time for Australians to celebrate it with family and friends. The following interactive Google Maps has pinpointed various celebrations in New South Wales. Check out the details by clicking the stars.


You can check out ways to celebrate the day HERE.

Heat Map: World Acceptance Towards Homosexual

Last year we have shared several maps about homosexual, and we have also created an interactive heat map for showcasing world acceptance towards homosexual. Today, we have found another heat maps for more information.

Here is a heat map, which was created by Pew Research Center after interviewing around 38000 interviewees from 39 countries from March to May last year, showing which countries accept homosexuality while which do not. In the map, the darker red represents lower acceptance while the greener represents higher acceptance.



Pew Homosexuality

This heat map is similar to our interactive heat map that created in last June that countries like Canada, Australia, and Argentina.


Map Reviews: 3/5 Stars
The map cannot display the whole picture of the world acceptance towards homosexual as only little amount of people from 39 countries have participated in the research, and people from many countries, like India, have not been interviewed.
There is also a minor suggestion towards the above heat map that heat map legend is needed for indicating the heat map colors.

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Interactive US Map: Snowfall Report

Recently USA is being affected by the polar vortex, and regions like Central Pennsylvania is under winter storm warming. For checking the updated snowfall and temperatures, residents may refer to the following interactive snowfall report that created by National Weather Service.


Residents can mouse click the points for details in the popup box, or look for the information in the marker list.

In Flight, Tracks All the Planes in the Sky

We have experienced being trapped in the airport because of the flight delay or cancellation. Today, The Guardian launched an interactive live map for showing all the planes currently (or flights within 24 hours) in the sky across the globe that passengers can now track the flights.


Map Reviews: 3.5/5 Stars
It is an interesting and stunning interactive map for seeing all the planes are currently flying in the sky. However, the loading of the map is not that smooth due to the large data source. Furthermore, you cannot use this map for tracking your delayed flight as it is not an informative tool map.

Interactive World Map: Vaccine Map

There are various diseases outbreak around the world all through the years, and the easiest, cheapest, and the most effective way to prevent these diseases is vaccination. Here is an interactive world map that showcasing global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases.

This map is a bubble chart that the size of the bubble depends on the number of cases, and bubbles have been categorized in various colors according to the disease. Map users can mouse over the bubble to see the number of cases, and mouse click it for details (e.g. date, scale, source).

Category legends and time are provided for filtering feature that users can sort out specific data according to disease type, time, and region.

The map is updated weekly that users can submit a point by providing detailed information in “SUBMIT A POINT” section.

Most updated data in 2014 are 8 cases of measles in Central African Republic.

Interactive Australia Map: Public Barbecues Locations in Gold Coast

For those who are enjoying their summer in Australia, please don’t miss the following map to search for the BBQ locations in Gold Coast that the map pinpoints locations of public barbecues across the region.

Map users can mouse click the pins for detailed information, e.g. address, no. of barbecues at the site, no. of plates & wash taps.

This map is created with clustering that map users can mouse click the numbered circle to zoom in for more locations.


Health Map of the UK


Today, we find a health map of the UK, which reveals that East Anglia is one of the healthiest regions while Wales is the worst one in the UK.


In the map, health condition can be measured by following categories:

  • number of risk factors
  • smoking
  • overweight or obese
  • undertake health screens
  • eating habits
  • exercise
  • overall

And the rankings are marked as “Good”, “Bad”, and “Very Bad” in different colors.

The results are based on the responses from 10000 employees across the country for showing how people’s health would be affected by living and working.

Map Reviews: 2.5/5 Stars
The map is not easy to read as the indications for those markers are not clear that map users cannot see the health rankings in the first sight.

Alternatively, heat map can be created for presenting the rankings in this case so map users can better understand which region is the healthiest and the worst. Since there are many categories in this report, heat maps can also be created by categories, and a category legend can be created for selection use.