Mapping San Francisco’s Hills

Jodi Ettenberg Legal nomads

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

Sam Maurer created Hill  Mapper (screenshot below) as a way to navigate San Fransciso’s major and minor inclines. Per an interview with The Atlantic Cities he muses that:

“One day while walking it occurred to me that the beauty of digital maps is that they can adapt based on your actual location – so I could make a map that showed not only how steep the streets were, but whether they’d be going uphill or downhill when you got there.”

Using Google Map’s elevation service, he constructed a colour-coded handbook to tackling those hills. While a mobile app is in the works, visitors to — and residents of — San Fransciso can avail themselves of a path to climb on his site, Hill Mapper.

Screenshot of Hill Mapper, by Sam Maurer

Screenshot of Hill Mapper, by Sam Maurer

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London’s Underground: Now with More Google Maps

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

Starting yesterday, you can get public transport directions for London within Google Maps. Directions from Google Maps is a feature already for over 400 cities (including New York, Budapest and Vancouver), but London marks one of their biggest expansions of late. 

Image from the Official Google Blog.

Given that London is a big hub for tourists, business travelers and expats alike, this is a welcome move! According to Transport for London, over a billion passengers are serviced by the bus and Underground stations in Greater London – that’s a lot of people now able to find their way.

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