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.

The Mobile Route Planner is for Basic and Premium subscribers.

Plotting your Route

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 a Location Enter an address in the Search Location box to jump there, add a marker on the map, and have the system automatically generate a start point to that address.

  • 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.

Move the Start: You can move the start of a route by tapping the green start icon to open up planning options. Tap Move from this menu, and you can then move the map to place the start in your new preferred location.

Route Planning

  • 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.

Cue Sheet Updates When you make changes on the route, the cues are updated automatically. Tap Cuesheet to view your current cues for your route.

  • 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.

Elevation Profile The elevation profile will update as you plan a route showing elevation gain and loss.

  • 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.

Undo & Redo These buttons allow you to undo a your last function all the way back to when you first created this route. Redo to repeat the action if you hit undo too many times.

Mobile Planning Tools

Routing Optimization

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

  • Walking
  • 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.

  • Cycling

    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.

  • Driving

    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.

Add POI Points of Interest can be added to your route to include more information about the scenery or event. Select a POI and drag it onto the map to place it along your route. Tap on the POI to Move, Edit it’s description, or Remove it.

Change Route

Change Start/End When you want to change the Start/End of a route, this tool allows you to choose a new start or end location and the point of intersection along your original route.

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.

Change Color You can change the color of the route as you are planning. This is great for indicating differences in the road or legs of a route. Please see Changing Route Color for more details.

Route Options

Clear Map This is if you want to start with a clean map. This action cannot be undone so make sure to save your work.
Change Map Type and Overlays Tap the map selector icon and select Map Type and Overlays. Each map type has a different style, and routing engine details which benefit different types of riding.

See Switching Map Styles for more details.

Overlays Overlays can be selected to enhance your planning experience and to provide reference for planning.

  • 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

Save Route

Save your Route When you are done planning your route, tap FINISH at the bottom of the route planner. You can come back and edit this route at any time.

  • You will be given an option to either go ahead and Navigate this route or you can Save it for later use
  • Save Options After clicking the SAVE button, you’ll be prompted to give the route a name, give it a description, or add photos. The route will automatically save to your own profile. You can also set the privacy settings here.

    View Route After the route is done saving, a window will popup alerting you to its completion. Tap VIEW ROUTE to see your completed work, tap Plan New Route to stay in the route planner, or tap Share Route to share it with someone else.
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