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August 21, 2007

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Check out this image from a DC transportation study from 1979:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rllayman/489961132/

Thanks for the Ask.com tip, Anton.

I salute your bravery in even contemplating leaving the relatively congenial confines of Nueva Jork to venture out into Automotivia. Let me know how it goes.

And thanks for writing.

Ask.com maps now includes a walking option for most directions it offers. Seems to be a pretty good program. There are limits though: it could not tell me how to walk from my New York home to LA...

Note that Google Maps now has a checkbox "Avoid highways" that is helpful in mapping non-car routes. It doesn't eliminate out-of-the way routings due to one-way streets that are not a consideration for walkers (although they should be for bicyclists) but at least it won't put on a limited-access highway where pedestrians are prohibited. This is a relatively new feature - I just noticed it a month or two ago.

I have found this to be a great resource in NYC:

http://hopstop.com/

They give you the distance as the crow flies as well as the distance you will actually travel. Their pace is a bit fast to me in their duration estimations.

I also use Google Ped for things walking and running related. I find it very useful for planning out routes or to check a running route I improvised.

I use http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/ to figure out how far I've walked in a day. If you take it down close you can do a block by block route, and little mile markers pop up as you go. There's even a calorie counter, though I always round it up as I live in San Francisco. -_^ Won't estimate your travel time, but it'll tell you how far you've gone!

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