Monday, January 03, 2022

How to Run Every Street

If you need to run off those few extra pounds you gained over Christmas or your New Year's Resolution is to exercise a lot more then you might like the #everystreet challenge interactive map.

#everystreet is a running challenge for joggers which involves attempting to run every street in your neighborhood or town. The #everystreet challenge interactive map can help you achieve this goal by planning out the most optimal route around your home. A route which will take in every single street within a defined boundary.

Share your location with the #everystreet challenge interactive map and then use the map's drawing tool to select the area in which you wish to run. Then just press the 'generate route' button and the interactive map will create an optimal route which you can follow to run every single street in the most efficient way possible. As well as a map of the route #everystreet challenge will tell you the total length of the route, the total street length, and how efficient the calculated route is (e.g. how much doubling back on streets you will have to do).

Via: Weekly OSM

For most locations the #everystreet challenge interactive map will devise a route which involves you having to back-track on yourself a little. If you can find a route that involves no self-intersecting sections then you could enter the route into the Long Tiny Route challenge.

Long Tiny Loop is an international fitness challenge to find "the longest possible non-self-intersecting loop within the smallest possible region, without revisiting any streets or intersections". The explanation for Long Tiny Loop is a little complicated but I can assure you that once you explore the maps at the top of the competition leaderboard you will quickly understand the concept. Basically you need to create a long but compact route which doesn't require you having to travel over the same ground more than once.

Scores for Long Tiny Loop are based on the ratio of the length of a route to the total diameter of the area in which you traveled. To enter a route into the competition you will need a Strava account. However you can explore the interactive maps of the routes which other people have entered without an account. At the time of writing the leading route is a 107km route around the streets of Brooklyn. A route which has a 3.6km diameter and which doesn't once require a runner to travel over a path already used.


Unknown said...

Super nice

Anonymous said...

How long should it take for the route to generate? I've set an area of about 5 square miles and the app is stuck on "loading."