Cycling Parking Heat Map enables visual comparison of bike parking density around the world.
Gregory Williams created a cycle parking heat map that shows the bicycle parking available around the world. His map view defaults on a view of Canterbury, England, but if you zoom out you can see a nice comparison between bike parking around the world.
As you can see, Europe is white hot with bike parking, while the United States just has a few scattered blooms of bike parking warmth.
Gregory takes his bike parking data from the OpenStreetMap project, which might explain part of the difference — OSM users seem to be much more active in Europe and especially in the UK. Remember, if you have bike racks in your neighborhood, adding them to OSM involves just a few clicks and a drag and drop. Gregory’s heat map also makes use of the ‘capacity’ tag, so be sure to note how many bikes your local bike racks can take.
(Note: Yes, I edited the map to remove a big chunk of the Atlantic ocean so the image would fit on the web page.)