Roads To Rome

At least for Europe it is obvious: All roads lead to Rome! You can reach the eternal city on almost 500.000 routes from all across the continent. Which road would you take?

To approach one of the biggest unsolved quests of mobility, the first question moovel.lab asked themselves was: Where do you start, when you want to know every road to Rome? They aligned starting points in a 26.503.452 km² grid covering all of Europe. Every cell of this grid contains the starting point to one of their journeys to Rome.

They created a algorithm that calculates one route for every trip from each of the 486.713 available starting points. The more often a single street segment is used, the stronger it is drawn on the map. The maps as outcome of this project is somewhere between information visualization and data art, unveiling mobility and a very large scale.

Routing from many places to a single destination can also be done on a small scale. This helped moovel.lab to find out characteristics of cities around the world.

The idea behind the "Urban Mobility Fingerprint" is to calculate routes to a single destination (A) from many departure points (B). The points (B) are located on a radius around the destination. The size of the radius is defined by travel time with different transportation modes. All routes together then create the "Urban Mobility Fingerprint".