Thursday, May 9, 2013

Map of the Week: Flattest Route

Map of the Week: Flattest Route

Why we like it: It’s Bike To Work Month, and this new site provides a nice, clean interface that highlights elevation changes along your commute.





After you select your start and end points, Flattest Route makes use of the Elevation Service to get back detailed elevations along a draggable path (which in this case is the result of a Bicycling directions request).

The path is color coded according to slope, and the map itself has the default UI controls disabled, adding to the clean design (you can still zoom using your scrollwheel).

A really useful feature is a set of simple but effective set of charts that highlight the hills.





The slope chart, created using the Google Visualization API is especially useful here. After viewing your bike commute, be sure to drag around the route and see how the elevations change.