Brilliant. Want to know which is faster – walking, biking, driving? That’s easy enough to discern using Google Maps, but in a quest for efficiency, Michael Schade at the Mobility Lab has constructed the Side-by-Side Router:
Once you pick two end-points, the four modesâ€™ routes are drawn with different colors. Itâ€™s been surprising to see how the routes vary depending on the mode. The program also gives you the total travel time and distance for each mode.
For example: there’s a house on the market on Park Street; it’s Walk Score is 68. To get from my office to that house, I’d say that bicycling is a better choice than driving. (click to see full size) Simple. Colorful. Brilliant.
This is a fantastic research tool for homebuyers, sellers and folks moving to the Charlottesville area â€¦ keep in mind that the directions are likely mostly right as are the business listings â€¦ things change, and the best way to know if a route if truly walkable or bikeable is to walk or bike the routes you’d be doing.
(it’d be supercool if I could embed this map. 🙂 )