Navigating through cities on foot or using public transportation presents just as many challenges as avoiding traffic jams and bottlenecks when driving through them. Traffic reports offer options for drivers and allow them to plan their routes accordingly, and now the same is possible for pedestrians and those utilizing public transit.
Thanks to a concept developed by graduate student Andrew Hardin at the University of Colorado, a brand new type of map is now available to help people determine travel times around a city when walking. These Maps Redraw Cities Based On How Long It Takes To Get Around Without A Car.
These maps display the average walking time it takes to get from one place to another through an ingenious heat-style rendering. Users simply enter their starting point, and the estimated transit times are displayed as colors:
Red = 10 Minutes
Yellow = 20 to 30 Minutes
Blue and Green = Longest Travel Times
These maps show their potential for easing congestion on public transportation systems and making pedestrian travel easier and more efficient. The advance knowledge of travel times will also help tourism thrive and encourage more individuals to make use of alternative travel means within cities.
The maps change based on the actual time of day, taking into consideration peak times such as morning, mid-day and evening rush-hour times. This information is valuable to the pedestrians and also to the city planners who can use the data to provide better transit services by planning more efficient routes and adding or removing stops.
For more information on how the next generation of maps can improve city living and relieve the stress on urban commuting contact us at PocketMaps.
December 31st, 2014
by Mark Minoff