How to create your own map with community walk

Click and drag a point to move it.

Click on a line to travel back over the same path.

Click on a point to see options and info.

To insert a new point into the route, click “split following segment”.


Undo the previous action Take the shortest path back to start
Clear the map Flip the start and end points of a route
Fill the screen with your route Take the same path back to start

Follow Roads

Walking: No restrictions

Cycling: Obeys the rules of the road and will follow bike paths

Plan, design and install quick, light and affordable street signs for people.

Walk [Your City] helps you boost your community’s walkability, linking informational street signs for people with web-based campaign management and data collection to complement traditional approaches to wayfinding.

Test with a pilot before you invest in more permanent pedestrian infrastructure.

Create new, approachable opportunities for public participation.

Change community transportation choices for the better.

Help both neighbors and visitors see that it’s not too far to walk.

Citizens, cities, towns, community development corporations, real estate companies, and more are already using our Sign Builder to design and install campaigns to embrace walkability in their communities.

Walk [Mount Hope]

West Virginia, USA

Mount Hope is a small town with big ideas, but they don’t have the resources to implement a permanent wayfinding system. They sought out Walk [Your City] as a speedy, affordable alternative that encourages folks to walk when exploring the town’s mile-long Main Street core.

How to create your own map with community walk

The goal of WALK [Santa Fe] is for residents, business owners, and visitors to experience the impact that clear signage and designated pathways can make for a more vibrant and connected downtown.

How to create your own map with community walk

Walk [Atlantic Beach]

North Carolina, USA

Finding that it would take at least a year to create a permanent wayfinding system for walkers and bikers, Atlantic Beach worked with Walk [Your City] to make signs for both residents and visitors.

How to create your own map with community walk

Walk [North Hills]

North Carolina, USA

As this area of Raleigh, NC transitions from a suburban mall to a “Midtown” urban center, they seek to shift perceptions about the area. That’s where Walk [Your City] comes in.

How to create your own map with community walk

Walk [Downtown Greensboro]

North Carolina, USA

W[DG] was a short term project to get citizens on their feet and enjoy their city. Action Greensboro’s crowdfunding campaign raised the necessary funds in just one day, and was installed three weeks later.

How to create your own map with community walk

Walk [Wayne State]

Located in Midtown Detroit, Wayne State University (WSU) is an urban university working to strengthen its connection to the surrounding neighborhood. Historically a commuter school, WSU has an increasing number of students living on campus.

Begun in 1974, Raleigh’s Capital Area Greenway System has grown over the decades to include 117 miles of trails, connecting districts and amenities across the city and beyond. 28 unique trails make up this system, ranging in length from 0.3-mile connector paths to a 27.5-mile long route along the Neuse River.From early on, this rich network of trails was a target site for a Walk [Raleigh] campaign. Read More

Durham’s Southside community has seen some big changes in recent years. Spurred by long-time residents’ energy and demand, the City of Durham has reinvested in the neighborhood’s housing stock and infrastructure, with the goal of increasing homeownership rates through the creation of high-quality, mixed-income housing. Their involvement, supported by local CDFI Self-Help, has spurred private. Read More

By Fi Darby (Two Blondes Walking)

Why not have some daily GetOutside fun and create your own map art? GetOutside Champion duo TwoBlondes show us how.

For many of us, with the end date of UK lockdown still not clear, our daily local exercise has become an important way of relieving the physical and mental stresses of family and work life.

If your daily walk, run or cycle is starting to lose its interest factor and you feel like you’ve explored all of your local green spaces, how about enjoying yourself with a bit of creative map route art.

Getting outside locally

As an outdoor writer I’ve recently been restricted in my research possibilities but have enjoyed the creative side of local exploration. I

’m one half of GetOutside Champion duo Two Blondes Walking and Lucy and I are used to regularly walking together as well as teaching navigation and wild camping skills.

We miss doing that but have been having lots of virtual fun in separate towns setting each other indoor/outdoor challenges and getting creative with OS Maps.

Map art for beginners

Neither Lucy nor I are particularly artistic but we are both creative in the ideas department, which is why I probably found myself walking/drawing a picture of the Covid-19 virus for my first route art attempt. I discovered two things straight away:

  1. It’s amazing what patterns you can find in your local streets
  2. I’m far better at navigating with a map than drawing with one

Lucy and I quickly progressed to writing each other route art messages and had fun, first with our Two Blondes initials (B1 and B2), and then with a whole message for all of you.

We split up the letter walking/writing, used some letters twice and made a few mistakes along the way (for example, look closely and you will notice a reversed N).

Creating route art is great fun as well as being good for you, and the great news is you can do it on a run or cycle as well as a walk. It doesn’t matter how far your daily exercise takes you, you can draw pictures over any distance. There are plenty of impressive examples online but we recommend keeping things simple to start with.

How to create your own route art

  1. Charge your phone
  2. Find your location using the OS Maps ‘Standard Map’ layer
  3. Use the ‘Plot a route’ feature to plan your route. (You’ll need to walk a continuous line)
  4. Walk/run/cycle to your start point
  5. Use the ‘Record a route’ feature to record your route trace
  6. If your route doesn’t trace well, try travelling slower or quicker
  7. Take a screenshot of your completed route
  8. Save your completed route

Ordnance Survey has created a great ‘Quick Start’ guide to using OS Maps but the very best way to improve your route art is to have a go. Why not try tracing your daily exercise today; you will also be able to find out how far you’ve walked and how many metres of hill you’ve climbed.

Once you get going with map route art, you might find it hard to stop. Don’t forget to share your images with us all on social media using #GetOutside #OSMaps and tagging OS on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

How to create your own map with community walk

Google Maps is a free web map server application that offers street maps for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and much of western Europe, plus satellite map images for the entire world. Google Maps is just one of many free mapping services on the web, but its ease of use and options for customization through the Google API makes it a popular mapping option.

There are three map types offered within Google Maps – street maps, satellite maps, and a hybrid map that combines satellite imagery with an overlay of streets, city names, and landmarks. Some parts of the world offer much more detail than others.

For Genealogists

Google Maps makes it easy to locate places, including small towns, libraries, cemeteries, and churches. It is important to note that these are not historic listings, however. Google Maps draws its locations from current map and business listings, so the cemetery listings, for example, will generally be larger cemeteries that are in current use.

To create a Google Map, you begin by selecting a location. You can do this through search, or by dragging and clicking. Once you’ve found the location you want, then switch to the “find businesses” tab to pinpoint churches, cemeteries, historical societies, or other points of interest.

My Google Maps

In April 2007, Google introduced My Maps which allows you to plot multiple locations on a map; add text, photos, and videos; and draw lines and shapes. You can then share these maps with others via email or on the Web with a special link. You can also choose to include your map in public Google search results or keep it private – accessible only through your special URL. Just click on the My Maps tab to create your own custom Google maps.


Mashups are programs that use the free Google Maps API to find new and creative ways of using Google Maps. If you’re into coding, you can use the Google Maps API yourself to create your own Google Maps to share on your Web site or email to friends. This is a bit more than most of us want to dig into, however, which is where these Google Maps mashups (tools) come in.


All mapping tools built on Google Maps require that you request your own free Google Maps API key from Google. This unique key is required to allow you to display the maps you create on your own Web site. Once you have your Google Maps API key, check out the following:

How do I get a map of my daily walks on my Apple Watch?

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 8:34 AM

I have tried all the below and I still don’t get a route. I am using an Apple Watch S2 and an iPhone 7 plus.

Posted on Dec 3, 2016 9:07 AM

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You can view a map of your daily walk on your iPhone, after having recorded it as a workout using the built-in Workout app on your watch.

First check that the following settings are enabled:

  • On your iPhone, go to: Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
    • Check that Location Services is turned on (at the top).
    • Check that Apple Watch Workout is set to While Using.
  • On your iPhone, go to: Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness – check that both Fitness Tracking and Health are enabled.
  • On your iPhone, in the Watch app, go to: My Watch (tab) > Privacy > Motion & Fitness > check that both Heart Rate and Fitness Tracking are enabled.

    On your watch, in the Workout app, start an Outdoor Walk workout.

    • If you have an Apple Watch Series 2, you do not need to take your iPhone along, as the watch has built-in GPS.
    • For Apple Watch (first generation) and Apple Watch Series 1, you will need to take your iPhone along, with both Bluetooth and Location Services enabled.
    • Work out with your Apple Watch – Apple Support

    At the end of your walk, End the workout and then Save it.

    To see the route that you followed:

    • On your iPhone, open the Activity app and tap on the workout that you just completed:
  • The Workout can be found in the Activity app via:
    • The Workouts tab.
    • The History tab (by viewing the current day’s information).
  • After tapping to view the workout, tap on the map icon (under the heading “Route”) to open a full size view of your route.

    • Unlimited markers per map.
    • 3-level access control for each map: Viewer, Member and Admin
    • Input from: Location(Search), Crowd Source, Google Spreadsheets, Microsoft Excel, CSV, KML, GeoRSS feed or Copy-and Paste.

    Key Features

    Sign-Up Not Required

    You do not need to create an account to make maps

    Custom Fields

    Add searchable custom fields for map entries

    Map Images

    PDF or PNG map images for presentations or brochures


    Add video, photo, or audio with your markers

    Mobile Friendly

    Maps work in all smart phones and tablets

    Traffic Overlay

    Real-time Google traffic overlays

    Customizable Icons

    Customize marker icons with your own images

    Color Regions

    Highlight countries, states, cities, zip codes, counties, or hand-draw region

    Marker Groups

    Up to 75 marker groups and sub-groups with clickable map legend

    Entry List

    Show clickable list of entries to the left or right of your map

    Heat Maps

    For both interactive maps and map images

    Spatial Data Aggregates

    Aggregate your regional data

    Moderated Additions

    Crowd Source marker additions to restricted marker groups

    Private Mapping

    Keep maps data private. HIPAA compliant infrastructure and HTTPS

    Geo Search

    Search for entries matching field values, with distance

    Edit Grids

    Manage your map entries with powerful editing grid

    Trip Planner

    Multi-point route optimizer for distance or time

    The rest of the world has had it for years, and now we get it, too: Google is bringing Map Maker to the U.S.

    Google Map Maker, the crowdsourced mapping Web app launched in 2008 and available in 183 countries, is finally coming to the United States. It’s an important addition to Google’s mapping services here and could make for maps that are vastly more detailed and useful than they are currently.

    In some countries (like Romania, Tech Lead Lalitesh Katragadda told me) Map Maker users have been responsible for creating whole maps from nothing. Here in the U.S., the editing features will allow the addition of more commercial data (stores and other businesses locations) and highly specific street information that’s currently missing, like temporary closures due to construction projects. Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google’s mobile products will all use this data. Google’s route-planning services will take traffic-related updates into consideration.

    Katragadda envisions small-town property or business owners taking an interest in how Google represents their location, adding features like nearby park paths to maps to possibly make their neighborhoods look more attractive.

    Map Maker lets Google users update the U.S. basemap. Google

    Anyone can edit, sort of
    Any logged-in Google user can edit a map, but changes from newbies aren’t automatically reflected on live maps that the world can see. Users’ updates go through a vetting process that asks previously blessed users to approve or deny edits (or send them back for revision). As users get better at getting edits posted without edits, they get closer to unlocking the capability to update public maps without having to go through an approval process, and to becoming moderators themselves to other users’ edits.

    The idea, Katragadda says, is to make “living and breathing” Google Maps. Fully approved users will see their updates go live “in minutes,” and see traffic direction use the updates shortly after that. So owners of mobile businesses, like the new hotness in dining, food trucks, will want to get approved quickly. However, today’s announcement does not have a mobile map editor component; the editor requires a full Web browser.

    He adds that an update to the Map Maker tool will also bring in Google Street View images, from which community cartographers can use to construct or edit map data. A new live update viewer will also show what the community is editing at the given moment.

    Map Maker lets you trace satellite imagery. Google

    Google won’t take input from other community map sources, like Open Street Map or Waze. There are two reasons for this, one of which I got from Google, the other unstated. First, the user approval system was created for this project and isn’t even used by other Google services. Adapting it to other user systems is just not on the project plan at the moment. The unstated reason: Google’s data licensing is incompatible with other community maps. OpenStreetMap, for example, uses Creative Commons. Google does not: What you put on Google, Google owns.

    Google has different levels of control for different regions of the world. Maps can be intensely political, and contested regions won’t be open to community edits from just anyone. In addition to opening up maps to annoying Wikipedia-like political edit fights, factions can put either sensitive or misleading data into Google Maps to influence peoples’ movement; Google will keep a tighter grip on the data in disputed areas that it will on, say, downtown Boise. Katragadda told me the balance is difficult but important. “Very few products allow canonical data to be edited by the user,” he said, and the team’s guideline is to both “look for ways to make the Web more democratic,” and “reflect reality.” That can be a tough line to walk, as any mapmaker will attest.

    The third and fourth dimensions
    Today’s announcement is about letting users update the standard Google Maps, but in the future the maps themselves may get new capabilities. One is support for the third dimension. Katragadda notably told me that users will be able to update store locations in “strip malls”–which are flat. Google Maps doesn’t yet support stores or businesses layered on top of each other, even though his division also runs the Building Maker tool for Maps. 3D map support will come later, he said.

    Google Maps also doesn’t support event-based map data, such as no-left-turn restrictions that only apply at certain times of the day. That’s another feature that may come to Google Maps (and Traffic) in the future, but the Google people I talked with had no announcement on that.

    Finally, there’s also the dimension of money. Giving business owners control of what shows up on local maps is a key way to improve both maps’ utility for consumers and interest in local advertising. That’s a big driver for online mapping and perfectly aligned with Google’s main business of selling user- and content-aware ad placements.

    How to create your own map with community walk

    How to Create Your Own Trail Maps

    • January 22, 2020

    Own Your Adventure – How to Create Your Own Trail Maps. As published in the January 2020 issue of the Horsemen’s Corral Magazine

    Navigation is one of the most important frontcountry and backcountry skills, and the most liberating. It allows you to pilot your own journey, rather than being a passenger.

    In recent years maps, and the way we use them, has dramatically changed. Going from point A to point B in our everyday lives has turned into speaking into our phones and receiving turn by turn directions. Technology has greatly expanded our navigation abilities especially for street directions. Trail directions and planning routes have unfortunately been another story. Until now.

    In the past planning a ride meant buying a printed topo map and using a compass to triangulate my position on the trail. Of course it’s hard to use a map if you can’t find one and finding worthwhile trail maps can be a challenge. Thus this piece on How to Create Your Own Trail Maps!

    How to create your own map with community walkHere’s an image of a published trail map for a riding area that I enjoy (Riverside State Park, WA) – Can you see where the hills are? What about steep ravines? Heck, it’s even missing most of the trails. Could you really use this to effectively navigate unfamiliar terrain? (Illustration: Washington State Parks)

    How to create your own map with community walkHere’s a standard USGS map of the same area – It’s even worse. There’s zero information on trails. Again, this isn’t something you’d want to be stuck with in an emergency. (Illustration: USGS)

    Fortunately, there’s a solution to this problem. It’s called making your own trail maps. I’ve been using an online resource for the past few years and it’s been a game changer for planning adventures both near and far.

    CalTopo ( is an online tool that allows you to make custom topographic maps of anyplace in the U.S. It has become an invaluable tool for planning trips, especially backcountry travel.

    How to create your own map with community walkHere’s a simple map that took me just a few minutes to build online in CalTopo. To build it, I browsed through the available topo map base layers until I found the one that worked best for me. I was even able to add a hill shading layer which makes short work of deciphering contour lines.

    Saving this map as a PDF, allows me to both print a hard copy AND export the same map to my phone, giving me a backup system and an easy to use reference point.

    Riders wanting an accurate, reliable, and free navigation tool can easily build maps using CalTopo. Once you’ve created your custom trail map. You can—and should—print these out as a non-battery-based, unbreakable backup.

    How to create your own map with community walkImporting these maps into a simple navigation app, like Avenza Maps, on your smartphone gives you a simple user experience, combined with very useful in-depth information. Remember to share all this information with your riding partners, in the event you part ways during the ride, and with your significant others that stay home, in the event of an emergency.

    The end result is as easy to use as Google Maps—just open the Avenza app, and a blue dot shows your location. But instead of city streets, it’s real navigational data such as contour lines, trail locations, slope shading and whatever else you want, all working whether or not you have cell signal.

    Avenza Maps is an app (iOS and Android) that uses your phone’s built-in GPS to locate you even when you’re out of range of a cell network. It works without cell coverage. Maps used by Avenza are special PDF’s that contain geospatial information. Using CalTopo you can create these special maps to open within the Avenza app.

    That this much navigation information can be accessed so easily is unprecedented. That it can be free is even better!

    For more information on CalTopo visit For most riders CalTopo’s free plan will be enough to get them down the trail. For more info on the Avenza Maps app visit Again, the free plan gives me plenty of options.

    Now that you know how to create your own trail maps, you’re ready for a world of adventures!