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Old 12-14-22, 06:43 PM
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Route planning tools that use multiple modes of transport?

Hi. I'm about to get a bike rack for my car and I'm wondering if there are any tools that take into account switching between car, bike and train to calculate the fastest route. Are there any apps where I can upload optimal routes if I find one? Thanks.
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I don't know of any. I've come to like Google Maps very much. I've heard ridewithgps is better for choosing bike routes, but I'm hesitating to learn a new tool, even though I use ridewithgps for recording my rides.

I start out by asking google maps how to get somewhere by mass transit.
1. Notice where it tells me to walk.
2. Let's say it says to walk from A to B, take a train from B to C, and walk from C to D.
3. Make new routes with each of these legs, replacing the walking with cycling.

I currently do A to B and C to D with Citi Bike (the bike share) but one day when I grow up, I might take a folding bike.
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Yeah, Google maps comes sort of close but still leaves much to be desired. It shouldn't be that hard to have an option where walking is replaced by biking (or those electric standing scooters) when planning a trip involving public transit.
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Do you have access to an online map of park and ride parking lots in your area? You could look for one that's got bike lanes nearby and pick Train stations that have good ADA accessibility features. I'm still figuring this out myself. we have an organization called Delaware commuter solutions that has an app that is somewhat helpful for trip planning or scheming in my case. I also requested a printed bike map from the state dept of transportation (I believe I had to call instead of do it online) and that has icons of the train stations on it at least but would need to physically mark the park and rides you were considering. when I was in grad school I did something similar where I literally printed the map from Google maps or mapquest maybe and drew a 5 mile radius to figure out the study area I would be responsible for. old school but kind of fun. side note: I heard someone say recently we need to normalize running errands by bike within 2 miles of our homes so I'm kind of curious about what all that would include for me. oh the possibilities. good luck and sorry I don't have a good answer... I'm all ears for a multimodal commute mapping/calculator tool!
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