Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Google Maps Walking Contest

Google Maps has added a a new walking directions feature. For trips under 10 kms (6.2 miles), you can get directions for travel by car or by foot. I'm looking for the opportunity to provide feedback on what are and are not good routes for walking.

In the meantime, find the goofiest route that Google suggests for a walk in Newton.


nmHz / Rhu said...

First of all: YAY!

So a pedantic silly case is http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=8099622813620387734,42.343200,-71.198680&saddr=42.343225,-71.198916&daddr=Blake+St+%4042.343200,+-71.198680&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=18&dirflg=w&doflg=ptm&sll=42.342555,-71.196272&sspn=0.003319,0.008642&ie=UTF8&z=18
where there's actually a pedestrian passage dircetly between the two given points, all of 20 meters or so.

nmHz / Rhu said...

Argh, that link didn't include the route.

The endpoints are:

Morse Rd @42.343238, -71.198906
Blake St @42.343200, -71.198680

Bruce Henderson said...

At Eliot Station, from one side of the tracks to the other. 0.4 miles, 10 minutes, by way of Rte 9: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=8099622813620387734,42.343200,-71.198680&saddr=42.343225,-71.198916&daddr=Blake+St+%4042.343200,+-71.198680&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=18&dirflg=w&doflg=ptm&sll=42.342555,-71.196272&sspn=0.003319,0.008642&ie=UTF8&z=18

Or from one side of Richardson Field to the other: 0.5 miles, 10 minutes, by way of Woodward St.: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=Beethoven+Ave+%4042.326322,+-71.219415&daddr=42.32676,-71.22061&hl=en&geocode=FTLZhQIdKUfB-w%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=16&dirflg=w&sll=42.327474,-71.217563&sspn=0.007615,0.013819&ie=UTF8&ll=42.325666,-71.218851&spn=0.007615,0.013819&t=h&z=16