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May Website of the Month: Gmaps Pedometer

This month’s selection for site of the month is a bit different from our previous selections. But the site is so useful and cool that we could not resist giving it top honors during a month supposedly dedicated to biking. Therefore, Gmaps Pedometer is the Site of the Month for May. The site is a Google Maps API hack that allows you to create walking route maps on top of the existing Google Maps interface (complete with aerial photos). You can edit your points on the map and create a walking route, measure distances and calories burned, and even SAVE your favorite walking routes.

To see this program in action, click here to view a sample walking route I created in Downtown Sacramento. I created this map for a group of transportation planners I led on a walking audit of the revitalizing downtown. This was not the route I chose, however, I will hopefully post that route soon along with a narrative guide for interesting destinations along the route. This is just one of the many examples that I have used this website for in the past. For example, I use it for my cycling routes. I see it used in many other functions that I participate in as well.

Congrats to Paul for creating such a successful site that has very useful purposes in the walkable world! Gmaps Pedometer will be considered for the 2006 Walkable Neighborhoods Website of the Year award along with the past and future recipients of the monthly awards.

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  • Joshua Duggan June 2, 2006, 12:23 pm

    You should also check out http://www.walkjogrun.net. I like this one because it gives you a table that lists the distances between your points. You can also change your speed and it will adjust your time.

    Also http://www.wayfaring.com. This one has some really awesome stuff you can do.

  • Eric June 2, 2006, 9:17 pm

    As always, thanks for the great links, Josh. I had never visited walkjogrun but I’ll definitely have to link it. And I love wayfaring – I was working on a my favorite walkable places around the globe map, but I didn’t finish. Here’s the map I started to work on: http://www.wayfaring.com/maps/show/3770

  • Buy a Pedometer June 17, 2010, 3:45 pm

    Gmaps does have a good tool to see how many steps you have taken, but there are some flaws to the madness. Not everyone takes the same amount of steps for a certain distance. Google does not include other obstacles that one might have to walk around or over in their calculation. Does it include hills?

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