Fitness-tracking apps could become a necessary urban planning tool.
If you ever wanted to see where other runners train in comparison to you, “Where People Run” is the perfect resource. Dr. Nathan Yau put together a series of charts that overlay hundreds of individuals joggers’ routes. Using the same fitness apps that joggers use when they track their workouts, Yau collected the data and illustrated collective paths in various cities around the world.
The paths are outlined in purple, with darker shades representing areas that are popular among joggers. From the illustrations, it is easy to see that in cities with waterfronts joggers are more likely to choose to workout alongside the water.
These maps are just as appealing as they are useful. In fact, Dr. Yau believes they can be a potential urban planning application, helping urban planners ensure that bike and running lanes are placed in optimal locations.
Below are a few selections from the dataset, check it out. If you would like to see the complete collection, click here.