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Old 09-04-05, 04:29 PM   #1
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This is cool - map your commute.

I found a link to this site in another thread here, it uses google maps, and adds the ability to plot your own routes.

Here's my commute

Well, that's part of it, anyway. There's 11 miles of commute that come from the west and intersect that map at the lower left corner of the plotted route (at the bridge near "Raley Field"). Once I cross the bridge, I have two choices:

1) through the park - the top branch of the plotted route.
2) Through town - the lower branch.

My work is on the Cal. State University Sacramento campus, right next to the 10 mile marker. This is a cool utility for comparing various routes. You can see that the 10 mile route along the bike path in the park is a lot longer, but it also avoids traffic and has pretty trees, which are obvious when you turn on the satellite view.

I thought it was fun to play with
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Old 09-04-05, 07:15 PM   #2
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Awesome use of google's mapping features! Thanks.
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You should download google earth and map your course.
You can then "fly" through your commute with distance and elevation shown.
Really neat and free!
http://earth.google.com/
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This is wicked cool!! Thanks for posting it. Here is my commute
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Here: http://tinyurl.com/c6vho .
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This is wicked cool!! Thanks for posting it. Here is my commute
Wow! You pass by an airport (have to duck often so that those landing planes don't hit you, eh? ) and a waterfront! That's a nice commute! And you follow a railroad too! Can we trade, please?..
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Here's mine. The whole round trip which is nearly 10 miles: http://tinyurl.com/8fh3f
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Wow! You pass by an airport (have to duck often so that those landing planes don't hit you, eh? ) and a waterfront! That's a nice commute! And you follow a railroad too! Can we trade, please?..
That's why we call it "Los Anchorage", baby... That-there airport is the busiest cargo airport in the USA (duck the Fed-Ex planes if you can), and the "lake" I ride by is the busiest float/ski plane base in the USA as well (so much for the peace and quiet of the Great White North). The "railroad" annoys me - it's the Alaska Railroad and they mostly haul tourists around. They blow the d@mn whistle at 6:50 AM and 10:00 PM everyday. Scares the of me when I ride in to work - no matter how many times I hear it. The "waterfront" is Knik Arm, a deadly, icy gray fjord of Cook Inlet - 39 foot tide swings (2nd only to the Bay of Fundy, I am told). It's either a lot of mud or a lot of water, depending on what time I happen to be there. But, it's home and I love it.
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Old 09-05-05, 05:57 AM   #10
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This is quite a nice feature.

A friend of mine has been using it for over a month now, different route a different day its pretty interesting
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Old 09-05-05, 06:30 AM   #11
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I know this site. I use it to map running routes. Good find!
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thanks for posting the existence of this tool!...
maps.google should support this sort of functionality...

well. here's my commute! (montreal, canada)
http://tinyurl.com/xjg9e
(no waterfront but you can see that there are some nice clouds!)

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mine thru denver http://tinyurl.com/bl9hx

i like the alaska one -- i've driven from anchorage to seward around the turnagain arm, some of the beautiful area i've seen in my life, and i live in colorado
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I've been working with a friend of mine on a mapping project using the GoogleMaps API and the Pedometer featuring the trails in my town. It's still only a work in progress, but we have a decent framework set up.

Each marker point on this map allows the viewer to jump to either a Pedometer-generated tinyURL, or the 'official' website of the trail (or cycling landmark) in question.

http://www.nicomachus.net/maps/
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Here's my 5.44 mile roundtrip in Lincoln, NE. It doesn't make much sense without the satellite imagery because the basic map doesn't show the bike path that makes up most of the trip. It's a pretty sweet ride through parks, past the zoo and various ball fields, and without cars for the most part. Even the downtown riding isn't too bad as there are many riders (especially near the university) and drivers are fairly used to seeing us.

http://tinyurl.com/eyfl7

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This is exactly the tool I've been looking for. I tried capturing the map off Google Maps and adding my own route lines but this is way better. Here is mine.
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here's mine, check the straight shot through the bronx:

http://tinyurl.com/blv4n
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Hope I did this correctly.

Here's the link to mine: http://tinyurl.com/b79bk
Part of my commute is on a bike trail that isn't shown on the map and is hard to satellite photo. But that is neat. It says my commute is 9.1 miles. I get 9.5 on my computer. There's a few curves that don't get shown well there.

Redid it a little better here: http://tinyurl.com/8buy8

The notice the google map is a little out of date also.

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<snip> Part of my commute is on a bike trail that isn't shown on the map and is hard to satellite photo.
<snip> notice the google map is a little out of date also.
Google uses USGS satellite imagery, but Google does not allow the user to zoom to the maximum resolution. I have used the same imagery from this site: http://terraservice.net/default.aspx in combination with the Pedometer to get a better view. Also, most of the USGS satellite views GoogleMaps use seem to be from 2002.
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Old 09-06-05, 05:46 PM   #23
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WOW! Impressed!
Here is my early morning weekend commute.
http://tinyurl.com/73lfc
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These are my commuting routes. It really depends on my mood as to which route I take. It's nice to have options.

This is the one a travel the most often:

http://tinyurl.com/7bwy7

I do this one once in a while:

http://tinyurl.com/dvthw

I do this one less often. It is the longest but it saves me the most money:

http://tinyurl.com/ccfc7
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Whoa! We might've seen each other a dozen times already!
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