Create a Route
You are here. You want to ride your bike to there. Use the mobile route planner to get it done, now in the palm of your hand
A route is a plan for a ride. A route will include a path, an elevation profile, and can include a cuesheet, points of interest, photos, and more. You can create your own routes or find routes that other users have create. Find out more about the difference between a Route and a Ride.
To get started with the Mobile Route Planner, click MORE while in the Ride with GPS app, then select Route Planner.
Or if you already have an existing route or ride you want to work from, you can view a route or ride and then tap the PLAN icon to open it within the route planner.
- Jump to Home If you’ve set your home location in your profile preferences, tap the Search Location Box and then tap Home to jump to your home location
- Jump to Current Location Tap the Current Location option to jump to your current GPS location.
- Remove Start Marker If you used the Jump to Home or Jump to Location and want to remove the location it has placed on the map, tap the white dot or green start icon to open up planning options. Tap Delete or Move to edit the start location.
- Pan the map, and then tap on locations to place control points.
If you make an error, or want to drag your route elsewhere, tap on the route line to open up the planning options menu. Select Move and then you can drag the underlying map elsewhere, it will show as a greyed out line for your new route path.
If you tap on a road spur or intersection unintentionally the route planner will fix the mistake for you, and pop up a message letting you know the change was made.
- Scroll and tap on the cues to see their location on the route.
- Tap the expand icon to view a larger list of cues for review.
- Tap the expand icon to interact with the elevation profile. Drag the slider to view the location on the route compared to the elevation shown.
Select a Walking, Cycling, or Driving optimization to snap your route to roads, paths, or trails. These optimization will go along any path you take that has routable data for that optimization and will not stay to just paved roads.The route planner will automatically create a cuesheet as you tap along the route, to check your cues tap the Cuesheet option.
The white dots that appear are Control Points and are what is used to constrain your route between each set of clicks. The more control points you have the more your route will stay in one place when editing or dragging your route elsewhere
Prioritizes route based on safety for cycling. Routes will use multi-use and bike paths, but may not be available in all areas.
When in cycling mode, you may get unpredictable results in some areas. This is because the routing system will not let you route along a certain stretch of the road, instead diverting you to a sidestreet. In some cases, this can cause funny loops and uturns. If you notice this, we recommend switching to Driving mode.
Prioritizes route based on shortest distance, typically sticking to paved roads or highways. Will not be able to use multi-use and bike paths.
- Draw Lines
Use Draw Lines to get your route line to go through a short area that doesn’t seem to want to work with other optimization. This could be a parking lot, unmarked street, unmarked pedestrian cut-throughs, or countless other reasons that the routing information might not be available.
Draw Lines will not create cues, and will override routing engine data, so please use sparingly and switch back to another optimization after routing through the trouble spot.
Prioritizes route based on safety for walking. This routing will not be based on traffic laws such as one-way streets, but will use multi-use paths.
Reverse Route When planning a route such as a two-day ride where you want to switch the start and end points, click EDIT > REVERSE ROUTE. The system will switch the start and end points then update the cue sheet accordingly.
Out and Back When planning a route where you want to use the same route when returning, plan the first half of the route then click EDIT > OUT AND BACK to have the system automatically generate the return cues.
See Switching Map Styles for more details.
- POIs Show POI icons on the map
- Cues These are helpful for reviewing the route and indicating location of a cue.
- Directional Arrows The map .
- Distance Markers Distance indicators that are automatically placed a calculated distance depending on the route.
- Map Scale Show or hide all the Points of Interest icons if your route contains them.
- Heatmap Show actual rider “Heat” for commonly ridden areas to help influence planning