Where can I walk to in 30 minutes?

### Where can I walk to in 30 minutes?

Saturday 7 January 2012

I like to walk to explore, even in my home neighborhood. So I like to find new places to go. I wanted to print map and draw a 1½-mile radius circle on it to find a good range.

But the set of points you can reach with a mile and a half of walking is not a circle, it will depend on where the streets are. Anyone know of a map app that can show me the actual range?

Mapnificent is a similar idea: it shows how far you can get in a given amount of time, using public transportation, walking, and maybe biking. But it also just draws circles.

Is what I want out there?

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Holger Durer 1:09 PM on 7 Jan 2012

Not an answer but maybe a step towards a solution?
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Isochrone

Ned Batchelder 1:21 PM on 7 Jan 2012

I found this, which is a rough implementation of what I want: http://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-can-i-travel.htm

Holger Durer 1:37 PM on 7 Jan 2012

Nice find.

But that uses Google data for route calculation? That's not going to go well for walking, is it?
Mind you, I don't know how good OpenStreetMap data is near you...

Michael Kohne 1:50 PM on 7 Jan 2012

Walkscore is pretty good at finding things: http://www.walkscore.com

It's intended to give you a good idea of how walkable a place is (ideally before you move there).

Ned Batchelder 5:01 PM on 7 Jan 2012

I'd seen Walkscore before. It gave my home a 92 for walking and an 86 for public transportation. Not as good as the 98 walk and 100 riding scores it gives my childhood home in NYC though!

Chet 5:29 PM on 8 Jan 2012

I think you could do this with the old CD based MS Streets and Trips. Well, at least you could do it for driving times - I don't remember if it were configurable by speed or if it just assumed you were taking a car.

Something like cartoo I guess - http://cartoo.dyndns.org/ - though their walking speed seems more like a stroll based on a test in my hood.

Alan Green 6:30 PM on 8 Jan 2012

Not exactly what you want, but here's how to construct one with Google Maps.

2. Left click the marker, on the popup, select "Save to map", and save to a new map.
3. Click "Edit" button on left to set title and privacy settings (defaults to public)
4. Right click your house marker, select "Directions from here".
5. Right click somewhere nearby, select "Directions to here"
6. Click on the "Walking" icon on the left.
7. Drag your second marker around - the tooltip shows the walking time to that point.
8. When you have a point you want to save, drop the second marker, left click on it, then select "save to map" from the popup.
9. Repeat 5-8 as necessary.
10. Draw lines etc.

This took about 5 minutes: http://g.co/maps/xq7n6 (not actually my house, but close enough)

Michael Kohne 10:04 AM on 10 Jan 2012

@Chet - cartoo is pretty cool. It's neat to see the overlay of walking, then biking, then driving for a given transit time. It doesn't really understand some of the roads (it's got biking distances that aren't really possible due to the roads involved), but it's darn cool.

Jess Robinson 4:56 PM on 10 Jan 2012

Seems like an interesting challenge, and not all that complicated with OpenStreetMap data (which actually has many footpaths, which google maps doesn't seem to).. Here's the result of some thrown together code that we're tempted to add a UI to. (The points are the max distances from start point, the tracks are just to highlight them).

Current parameters are: Lat,Lon of starting point, and distance (in miles).