Saturday, June 4, 2011

Colombo Bus Map v0.2.4

I love the London Tube map and thought of making a map of Colombo's bus routes using the same principle, i.e. topology over geography.


Excel file I used to draw the map:

Bus routes:
  • 100 Panadura - Pettah
  • 101 Moratuwa - Pettah
  • 120 Horana/Kesbewa - Pettah
  • 141 Wellawatta - Narahenpita
  • 177 Kollupitiya - Kaduwela
  • 154 Angulana - Kiribathgoda / Bambalapitiya - Kadawatha
  • 138 Homagama/Athurugiriya/Rukmalgama/Matthegoda/Kottawa/Maharagama - Pettah
  • 122 Rathnapura/Awissawella - Pettah
  • 125 Meepe/Padukka - Pettah
  • 103 Narahenpita/Borella - Pettah
  • 175 Kollupitiya - Kohilawatta
  • 135 Kohuwala - Kelaniya
  • 140 Kollupitiya - Wellampitiya

  • Variants may exist. A 154 might stop in Bambalapitiya, or a 103 might stop in Borella. Be aware of the stop names on the big yellow board.
  • The hollow lines follow the route of the filled lines unless otherwise specified.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

May, I ♥ You!

Thank you for being a great month to me.

April was horrible to me, with exams and assignments effectively ending my social life. Gahness galore. But we finished off uni, got two months of vacation time and the past two weeks have been insanely awesome and very very productive.

Stuff I've been involved with:

Reach Out

The fact that a woman can't travel in a bus without being groped, or walk a street without having to face catcalls and leering is a serious issue in our society. Reach Out's project focuses on educating school children to be aware of the consequences of harassment and intervene in situations where a girl is being harassed. The end goal is to create a strong social movement against sexual harassment and to make public spaces safe again. We're doing presentations at schools (our first, at Amal International School, was held today) these coming weeks. And the best part is that I get to hang out with a load of bloggers, since a lot of them are involved in Reach Out. :)

Pooch Foundation

There are currently 4 million stray dogs on the streets, without food, shelter, vaccines, and most importantly: love. Pooch Foundation aims to find homes for these innocents, and also change society's attitude about stray dogs. I have been helping them out with their website (I'm learning PHP and jQuery on the job, baby! ohhhyeah!) and stuff. Pooch also publishes a weekly column on the Funday Times called "Pooch Times". :)

After feeling all caged in and socially isolated for almost two months, the last two weeks have felt like dying and going to heaven. I hope the good times keep on rollin', and that I don't suddenly fall off a bus and die! ;) (That'd be epic though. LULZ!)