EBC ***MEGA-Links*** Page: Planning Tools & Maps for Biking & Hiking
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last updated: May 13, 2020
- Weather.com / (by the Weather Channel) Nice, hourly forecasts (with temperature, wind and precipitation) from the Weather Channel. Enter ZIP code or city; click Hour-by-Hour; click Details.
- Intellicast / "The Authority in Expert Weather"
- National Weather Service / NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Service
- Google Maps / Map a route, or find a route, using this site.
- Tip from EBC member Peter T.: For scoping out and all-road route, I have found the "directions" feature on Google Maps very handy. Enter the (endpoints) of your route in the "from" and "to" fields; get the driving route; ...and then drag-and-drop points on the route to get the route that you actually intend to take. You can use Google's directions by walking to-be-routed along trails that have been added to Google.
- RideWithGPS / This is a very powerful and easy-to-use mapping tool that generates cue sheets, GPS files, and so forth. The phone app, on a GPS-enabled phone, will allow you to follow a route with live voice cues. This product is so good that the Elmhurst Bicycle Club has made subscription to this product free with EBC membership. We even built a page dedicated to its use. See it here: EBC Ride w/GPS: How to get a Premium Membership.
- EBC Cue Sheet Library / Check out our Cue Sheet Library, provided by members of the Elmhurst Bicycle Club.
- MapMyRide / Map routing. This tool has the ability to follow roads - that is, you click on key intersections and it traces the road route between the selected intersections automatically. It will also develop a cue sheet, with turns street names and distances; and an elevation profile.
- Microsoft Research Maps / "MSR Maps(formerly Terraserver USA) - The Microsoft Research Maps Web site is one of the world's largest online databases, providing free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States..." / MSR Maps lets you zoom in close. It also has a simple download mode that lets you get the whole photo into your computer; e.g. to assemble larger layouts.
- BikeMap / ...has a good method for showing where routes are located. Most of their routes are in Europe, but there are a few in the U.S.