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brian j

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May 8 2013 at 9:50am #

Here’s a neat website for navigating SF.

Edit: It actually works for other locations, too!

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melange396

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May 8 2013 at 10:49am #

pretty cool, but i wouldnt say it always gives the ‘flattest’ route… itd be nice if it had a slider that let you adjust how much youre willing to go out of the way (adding distance) with the trade-off of getting lower grades


edmonds59

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May 8 2013 at 11:56am #

Pgh version would have to incorporate a “You can’t get there from here” response.


Vannevar

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May 8 2013 at 12:17pm #

Pgh version would have buttons for pens/ pirates/ stillers games messing with the flow.


jonawebb

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May 8 2013 at 12:20pm #

Really, what you want is for Google to make an advanced version of their routing site, so you could adjust how much it cares about hills, bike-safe routes, etc. This flattest route software is just a version of the fancy Google routing, but with flattest set to max, and without all the bells and whistles that make the Google mapping so useful.


ajbooth

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May 8 2013 at 1:16pm #

Pittsburgh version would give you turn by turn directions based on “where _____________ used to be.”


edmonds59

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May 8 2013 at 1:51pm #

Damn, what an idea. Can Google add a layer to it’s mapping specifically for Pittsburgh that users can add where things used to be? Or does such a thing already exist?!? So awesome.


jonawebb

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May 8 2013 at 1:59pm #

Well, you can always use Google Map Maker to add places (click in the lower right). But the edits get reviewed and I’m not sure how they’ll react to having a bunch of no longer existing places added. OTOH they have no problem with non-existent bike trails (try looking at bike routing between Braddock and Nine Mile Run), so it might be worth a shot.


buffalo buffalo

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May 8 2013 at 5:51pm #

‘flattest’ is a misnomer. as far as i can tell, it’s really just a tool for showing you the grade of your route.

which would be nice, except it doesn’t understand bridges. for a ride from lawrenceville to oakland, it gave me the standard route: up 44th, down Millvale, and it showed a massive drop and then rise in the second half of the run…which i eventually realized was the millvale ave bridge.


Mick

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May 9 2013 at 10:56am #

buffalo buffalo wrote:
which would be nice, except it doesn’t understand bridges. for a ride from lawrenceville to oakland, it gave me the standard route: up 44th, down Millvale, and it showed a massive drop and then rise in the second half of the run…which i eventually realized was the millvale ave bridge.

They mapped that pothole?

I couldn’t get it to do anything on IE8…


buffalo buffalo

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May 9 2013 at 11:00am #

Mick wrote:I couldn’t get it to do anything on IE8…

Seemed to work OK, modulo the above, in Chrome; haven’t tried other browsers.

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