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Mapping Software(3 posts)

Mapping SoftwarePatM
Mar 9, 2001 4:17 AM
With 12 inches of snow on the ground, its time to think about those long spring/summer/fall rides and just curious does anyone use mapping software ? If so what and how much did it cost ? What kind of info does it give you. Using mapquest to get an estimate of ride miles can be a pain, especially if you use side streets. Heard of topo(delorme)is it worth it ?
Microsoft Streets and TripsStew
Mar 12, 2001 6:49 AM
Microsoft Streets and Trips cost me $20. It's a very detailed mapping program similar to MapQuest but better. You enter your departure point and your destination point (multiple points possible so you can set up a "round trip") and it sets up a route for you. You can set up "preferences" so that it stays away from highways, etc. It prints detailed maps, written directions and will give you individual maps for turn by turn directions. You can also select a specific spot on the map and zero in on it. It also gives you distances and estimated times (although I don't think it will go down to 20m.p.h.) I haven't actually used it for riding yet, but I have used it for driving and it works very well. I have my first bike trip mapped out and hope to try it soon.
Does it handle BIKE-accessible roads as an option?nigel
Mar 12, 2001 8:34 AM
Sounds like a really nice piece of software; I'll look into it for sure. Does it deal with roads that are bike-accessible, though? I know this is sketchy ground, but certain highways (interstates, for example) don't allow cyclists on them; others are perfectly fine with it. Does Streets and Trips give anything on this, by chance?