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How does Google Maps estimate cycling times

This site seems to have some good answers to your questions. It says Google assumes a baseline moving speed of around 16km/hr (10miles/hr) regardless of trip distance. but if you read more you can ...
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Choosing parallel side or main road when route mapping

This is a difficult question to answer with anything other than "It depends." but I will give my criteria for choosing between alternative routes, and then the example of my typical ...
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How does Google Maps estimate cycling times

The answer given by gammapoint is surely a nice estimate to take into account when looking at Google Maps. However, as being rather close to Google through Top Contributor and Local Guides programmes ...
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Choosing parallel side or main road when route mapping

I would add to Gary.Ray's excellent answer the following thoughts: If you're entering an area on a main road and will be exiting it on the same road, it rarely makes sense to detour onto a side road ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

As I commented, Google Maps is really awful for outdoor activities. The maps are not detailed enough and the visual presentation is just bad for this purpose. I tend to use mapy.cz for all countries ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

In the planning stages I will always use multiple options, online map sites, like Google, for the general distances but not for cycling information. Cycling specific information sites for route ...
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Choosing parallel side or main road when route mapping

I think this depends on a ton of factors. Even if statistics would show that one type is safer than the other: I’m not sure it would apply to your individual case since a whole lot depends on the ...
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How can I print a map with my GPS track?

Inkatlas lets you create printable PDF maps with GPS tracks and waypoints (on multiple pages if needed). You can select a map style with terrain. Smaller PDFs (6 pages or fewer) are free. Full ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

If your goal is to make a multi day route, online routing tools are actually the last resource I would use. There are local associations and tourism offices that maintain cycling routes, that would be ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

Both Strava and Ride with GPS have heatmaps that show you where people actually ride. (With Strava, at least, you need to be logged in to see finer details). Also, RwGPS is a good website for ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

As a supplement to other answers, here are a few tools to allow you to replan away from (much) tech (in the UK, though most of these will work anywhere): OS paper maps. The 1:50000 are good for ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

I use cycle.travel since it incorporates vehicle traffic data, and the main danger on roads to cyclists is motor vehicles. In my experience it's much better suited for my needs (touring, gentle speeds)...
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Choosing parallel side or main road when route mapping

It depends on the ride you want to do, and when you want to do it. I've found Strava's heatmaps near cities to show a lot of use on main roads. That's probably selection bias: commuters who log with ...
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Possible cause for Google Maps / bicycle odometer divergence (tire size setting correct)

Google maps probably treats roads as not having any width, and corners as point turns. Unlike bends, if you zoom in you tend to see a sharp 90 degree change in line on a curve This will cost you the ...
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Is there an online bike map for the Grand Rounds bike trail in Minnesota?

You can get a printed map from Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board office: 2117 West River Road Or, you can call 612-230-6400 or email [email protected] and they’ll send you one. http:/...
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Map app for avoiding gravel roads

There is no tool that I know of that solves your problem for you. The way I solve the problem of finding out what a road is like, is to use Google maps to find a route. then use Street View to ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

I’d start with https://brouter.de/brouter-web/ It uses OpenStreetMap data which should be quite good in the UK. You can customize the routing parameters to a great degree. I use brouter in the ...
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Map app for avoiding gravel roads

There is a tool I know of that solves your problem: OsmAnd (available for free on F-Droid, paid versions on Android Play Store + iOS App Store). If the region has decent coverage with properly mapped ...
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Is there an online bike map for the Grand Rounds bike trail in Minnesota?

It seems most of it is mapped on OpenStreetMap. You can use the Waymarked Trails website to view it on a map. Waymarked Trails - Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway That has a link to download it as ...
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Resources for finding dirt roads for planning gravel grinding rides

For those still interested, there's a pretty solid map site available now covering the US. Not everything is on there, and you can add more gravel roads as you find them. https://gravelmap.com/#9.57/...
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Possible cause for Google Maps / bicycle odometer divergence (tire size setting correct)

I point out that your comment of I have (50-559) 26x1.95 tires I should set it to 2089. Doesn't actually match your table, which says: 50-559 (26"x1.9") 2089 mm 54-559 (26"x2.0") 2114 ...
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Google Maps for cycling

Unless you see a very different Google Maps in the UK than I see in the US:
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Route planners with route avoidance features

https://brouter.de/brouter-web/ Allows you to draw no-go areas. Allows you to specify cost for ascents or descents. I’m not sure it’s possible to tell it to completely avoid streets above a certain ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

Bikehike is an excellent resource for planning in the UK. It can't tell you the conditions of each road/path, but it does have free access to Ordnance Survey maps which are the best you will find. ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

I use trailforks.com to plan my riding routes. Granted, it is primarily a mountain biking app, but there are gravel roads and other casual routes on it. Trails are added via a combination of user ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

You said that you have a slight preference for paper maps; this wording somehow implies that electronic maps could be useful for you, too. Therefore I'd like to bring https://www.velomap.org/ to your ...
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Choosing parallel side or main road when route mapping

I suggest to concentrate on avoiding the car traffic, as collision with the car is about the most dangerous that may happen. The only exception is if it is a pavement or marked by something like "...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

Another source of information is to use Strava's heatmap. Example: https://www.strava.com/heatmap#14.06/172.73124/-43.69024/hot/ride There's a triangle in the middle of that which is the highest peak ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

google map cycle routes in the UK cannot be trusted as It highlights roads with "cycle lanes" as places to cycle Being implemented by local councils who are generally awful at such things, ...
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Meaning of Symbols/Icons on Amgen-ToC Stage Maps

RED Circle with numbers 1-5 : Climbs with range of difficulty RED Circle with numbers "HC" : Hors catégorie or Above Category Blue Circle with knife/fork : Feed Zone where you grab your musette ...
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