Online map shows where biking, running routes are

May 1, 2014 

A new online map shows some of the most popular running and biking routes in Benton and Franklin counties — and the rest of the world.

Data-cruncher Nathan Yau, who writes the Flowing Data blog, created the map using numbers from Strava, an app that tracks users’ runs and bike rides.

“Their dataset includes over 77 million rides and 19 million runs, summing to about 220 billion data points,” Yau wrote on his blog. “Just pan and zoom to your area of interest, and there you go.”

The “heat map” displays data based on colors on a map. You can change colors of the routes and change the “activity view” to show just bike routes, running routes or both. You also can zoom out and move to other areas.

The most popular Tri-City running routes are on Badger Mountain and along the Columbia River — Howard Amon Park’s riverfront trail in Richland and the Sacagawea Heritage Trail along the Kennewick and Pasco sides of the Columbia River.

The most heavily traveled bike routes are the same and also include the Chamna Natural Preserve in Richland and the area near the Washington State Patrol building off Highway 395 in Kennewick.

Yau has a doctorate in statistics from UCLA. His dissertation was on personal data collection and how to use visualization in the everyday context. He released his first book, Visualize This, last fall.

Where to run & ride

Tri-City heatmap of most popular bike, running routes: http://bit.ly/tricitypaths

Sacagawea Heritage Trail: http://bit.ly/1ku9nlp

Benton, Franklin counties bike, pedestrian paths: http://bit.ly/tcbikepedmap

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