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Are there online maps that tell the miles for any route?

Old 05-15-15, 12:04 AM
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Are there online maps that tell the miles for any route?

I love this site; however, it seems that if you choose the two points A,B, it "decides" for you what route to take from A to B. For example if I want to circle Manhattan along the East River and Hudson greenway, it wouldn't allow but instead only give you the shortest or "best" route (whatever its criteria) between starting and ending points. I'd like to know the mileage for any route I choose. Are there websites that provide such map tools?
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I use this one: Worldwide runners, walkers and cyclists - map your routes

There are many others. One of my cycling groups posts routes on plotaroute.com. Google for "cycling distance calculator" or "cycling google maps distance calculator" and try out the results.
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Originally Posted by k_kibbler
I use this one: Worldwide runners, walkers and cyclists - map your routes

There are many others. One of my cycling groups posts routes on plotaroute.com. Google for "cycling distance calculator" or "cycling google maps distance calculator" and try out the results.
The linked map is great! Thank you so much!
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Originally Posted by k_kibbler
I use this one: Worldwide runners, walkers and cyclists - map your routes

There are many others. One of my cycling groups posts routes on plotaroute.com. Google for "cycling distance calculator" or "cycling google maps distance calculator" and try out the results.
Thank you for that link.
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Originally Posted by vol
I love this site; however, it seems that if you choose the two points A,B, it "decides" for you what route to take from A to B. For example if I want to circle Manhattan along the East River and Hudson greenway, it wouldn't allow but instead only give you the shortest or "best" route (whatever its criteria) between starting and ending points. I'd like to know the mileage for any route I choose. Are there websites that provide such map tools?
You know that site lets you "drag" the route and re-route it whereever you choose?

e.g. if I decide to plot a route from Brisbane to Warwick. By default it sends me via Cunningham's Gap.

https://www.longlandclan.yi.org/~stua...5_18.44.34.png

If you've ever been down the Cunningham highway, you'd know this is pure insanity to attempt on a bicycle. Trucks, lots of traffic, steep hills, no road shoulder, tight turns the works. Ohh, and the threat of fallen rocks too.

However, if I stick my mouse cursor on that blue line, I can drag it whereever I want, including, say, pulling it somewhere south of Boonah:

https://www.longlandclan.yi.org/~stua...5_18.45.05.png

That looks much more sane.

That said, thanks for bringing that site to my attention. Looks like a brilliant resource.
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https://www.mapmyride.com/my_home/
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I just use the new Google maps ... set it on bicycle and you'll get the elevation profile too.
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Strava's routes work pretty good, but some of their topo maps have occasional glitches in the altitudes so the ride profile can occasionally get a strange hump.
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Originally Posted by Redhatter
You know that site lets you "drag" the route and re-route it whereever you choose?.
Not really, that's why I came here to ask. For example if you want to circle Manhattan by riding along the East River southward => South Ferry => Hudson Greenway back northward, and try to drag the route to the edges of Manhattan, it will keep pulling the route back to the middle of Manhattan to show the shortcut.

Thanks for the other links. However, I don't have GPS, so can't use some of them.
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Originally Posted by vol
Not really, that's why I came here to ask. For example if you want to circle Manhattan by riding along the East River southward => South Ferry => Hudson Greenway back northward, and try to drag the route to the edges of Manhattan, it will keep pulling the route back to the middle of Manhattan to show the shortcut.

Thanks for the other links. However, I don't have GPS, so can't use some of them.
Use MapMyRide "Create Route" function. It should be able to do that for you. You can loop around and loop back. You can even export the route you created and load it on your Garmin Edge. Really nice!
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Google Maps bike directions.
Garmin Connect course builder.
Ride with GPS.
G-map pedometer, or something like that.
Lots of others.

Originally Posted by vol
Thanks for the other links. However, I don't have GPS, so can't use some of them.
If you had a GPS, it could only tell you after you rode the route so it wouldn't be useful for planning anyway. These sites let you plot a route and see how long and steep it is beforehand.
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Originally Posted by ARPRINCE
Use MapMyRide "Create Route" function. It should be able to do that for you. You can loop around and loop back. You can even export the route you created and load it on your Garmin Edge. Really nice!
Yeah, the Map My Ride site on your computer lets you plot exactly how you want to go, exactly like the OP wanted. I'm sure there's others as well.

Easiest thing to do if you want to know after the ride is using a mapping app to record the route you're riding. Sounds like the OP doesn't have a smartphone though.
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Thanks all. Another issue is how up-to-date these sites are. Are they equally reliable (like the weather websites...)?
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Google maps pedometer works great for that purpose.
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Originally Posted by vol
Thanks all. Another issue is how up-to-date these sites are. Are they equally reliable (like the weather websites...)?
Probably not. Hikers in my area have reported problems with Google Maps satellite imagery (old data no longer relevant after washouts, etc) and with Garmin BirdsEye imagery. I'm sure all companies are susceptible to it to some degree, those are two examples I've seen recently.

But most of them will be very good and I'm not aware of a better method that you can do in five minutes from home. I think this stuff is pretty reliable in general, and unless you have a specific reason to be concerned there's no point letting perfect be the enemy of good.
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Originally Posted by vol
Not really, that's why I came here to ask. For example if you want to circle Manhattan by riding along the East River southward => South Ferry => Hudson Greenway back northward, and try to drag the route to the edges of Manhattan, it will keep pulling the route back to the middle of Manhattan to show the shortcut.
Yeah, Google's routing engine (which that site uses) assumes you're wanting to get to a place, so it tries to take you directly there. You'll probably have to specify a number of waypoints that will bring it out to a circle, or map the route out in segments. I'm not sure what the limit is to the number of markers, probably around 10.

I've been doing some mapping out of a route from Brisbane through to Jindabyne in Google Maps, and so far, it's been a case of map it out in ~200km segments. Naturally though, since you've brought this other site to my attention, I'll be re-doing my mapping since it gives me the elevation much more clearly.

The other thing may be the start and end points, it considers "New York" as being Central Park. (I think that's in the dead centre? Never been outside Australia myself.) So you might need to move the start and end markers to somewhere on your desired loop.

Anyway, the others seem to be bringing up some interesting sites as far as mapping tools go. Some require applications on mobile devices (this would not suit me) others do not. Hopefully one of these solutions does what you're after. :-)
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And then you can do a 180 and approach this from the other direction.

You said you're in New York. And you want to know the mileage of a ride. Maybe it's because you need to get from Point A to Point B, or maybe it's that you want to spend the day out on your bike and you're just looking for a route that's within your abilities.

Strava Local: New York

Almost 4,000 rides per week get logged to Strava in NYC. They aggregate the data and pick out stuff that's popular. Their NY guide has a handful of rides from 5 miles up to 100 that, presumably, must be good because of all the bike traffic they get.

You do not need a Strava membership or any smart phone app for this, although it looks like that can help. I'm not a Strava member myself.
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