Mapnificent is the coolest. For those of you who thought you were going to get work done in the next half hour, I apologize.
Basically, Mapnificent shows you how far you can get from any given spot in the city using transit and walking (otherwise known as a walkshed map). See those little bubbles outside the main blob? Those are express bus and light rail stops. There is a button you can then click if you have a bike that calculates in that increased range.
The results are clearly theoretical and depend on buses being on time and don’t really seem to calculate hills or bike paths into it’s equations. And, of course, you can’t really ride your bike across a body of water, up a cliff face with no roads, etc. But it’s still fascinating to play with.
Here’s another experiment. How far can I get from Cal Anderson in 20 minutes using transit and walking on a Sunday?
Perhaps this should be obvious, but the bike becomes that much more useful when transit is not running peak weekday service (indeed, you can imagine what this would look like if buses were not running at all).
Okay, one more, then I’ll let y’all play around with it. How far can I get in 20 minutes if I live in Crown Hill and buses are on Sunday noontime schedule? Transit and walking: