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Old 03-12-17, 08:47 PM   #1
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Your favorite online mapping interface?

I'm volunteering time to help a trail org/nonprofit create a new website and they want to know what mapping interfaces visitors prefer today. Which do you enjoy? Google, Mapbox, OpenStreetMaps, ArcGIS, etc.

If you land on a website for a mixed-surface trail, what mapping engine/map source would you enjoy most, and if you don't mind, why?

This is for a major touring destination/trail. There is no doubt some of you will be visiting the site in the near future.
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Old 03-12-17, 09:00 PM   #2
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With somthing OSM based, you could update the data...

Some of the sites might be more focused on supporting motor vehicles...
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An ideal map would make these things clear:

How many lanes does the road have?
Does it have a shoulder?
Is it paved?

There is currently no online map interface, at least to my knowledge, that answers any of these questions consistently and accurately.

So if you're building something for bike tourists, and it's a small enough scale to mine all the data, make your own!
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Our hesitancy with OSM is that their base layer map is old in various areas this MUP/trail covers.

Being able to update the displayed route easily will be very important. The route is always in a state of flux, due to route building, changes in land use, weather damage, etc.

Most if not all of these mapping options allow, lane, shoulder and surface data to be displayed in some form. The fact that you don't see it often within online maps probably speaks to how difficult it may be for trail volunteers to gather and maintain the information.

We're currently exploring the ArcGIS option, such as this map: AT
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mapping interfaces visitors prefer today.
Not entirely clear to me as the context matters much.

Pre-planning, on a computer, I am indifferent as to which technology is used. If you can show multiple layers (or categories of POIs), that's great.

On tour, I use OSM (offline, used with LOCUS PRO/Android).

You may want to offer GPX files, customized if possible (i.e. start-end), and distinct POIs files, again, if possible, customizable.
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I have in the past added my routes to my ride desciptions and hence in this context my tool of choice has been http://ridewithgps.com as I develop my routes there. It also allows for OSM and Google map options.
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I've been experimenting with Google Maps and Graphhopper(OSM), both seem nice but I'm a bit baffled by the difference in elevation profiles they give for the same route. For example the same SF-Santa Cruz route via HW1 is 2200m total elevation in GH but 1237m total elevation in Google, huh?
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Our hesitancy with OSM is that their base layer map is old in various areas this MUP/trail covers.

Being able to update the displayed route easily will be very important. The route is always in a state of flux, due to route building, changes in land use, weather damage, etc.
1- Google Maps for your original question. Basically everyone has it/can have it and its easy to use. I am thinking of those who can geek out and download maps for offline use and those who have no interest in getting that technical or dont know how. Everyone can press a button on their smart phone.

2- If its a MUP/trail, what is there to map out?...I start riding on it and stop when I want to or when it ends. How much/what kind of mapping is necessary for a MUP?
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Some trails are not so easily escaped. Mickelson is one of them. There are many section where you cannot get off for miles. NorPac and Olympian, which I am planning to ride this June, are another two. It's helpful to include the trails in route maps so you know precisely where you can get on and off, especially if you might need to access services


Look at mile 42.7 of this day's route:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18172586


I am planning to jump off the trail at that point rather than staying on the last loop because it would add needless mileage.
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Some trails are not so easily escaped. Mickelson is one of them. There are many section where you cannot get off for miles. NorPac and Olympian, which I am planning to ride this June, are another two. It's helpful to include the trails in route maps so you know precisely where you can get on and off, especially if you might need to access services


Look at mile 42.7 of this day's route:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18172586


I am planning to jump off the trail at that point rather than staying on the last loop because it would add needless mileage.

Sorry, what I mean is that if the MUP/trail is on google maps, then it can be seen there and planned within google maps. You will see where roads cross and trailheads on googlemaps.
Agree that its good to know where places to enter and exit are important.
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