Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Fast Track Map

PostedAugust 3, 2014

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Anchor Lead: While the Silver Line Metrorail has people re-thinking the way they get from place to place, so could a new online map of D-C.

Randy Atkins: Some city design features are hard to know by looking at a typical map…like, say, what’s the fastest way to get to Nationals Park. So Sep Kamvar, an M-I-T professor, has created an algorithm that uses Google maps to figure the best way to get from one place to another in D-C.

Sep Kamvar: What was surprising to us is how much of the city it was fastest to get to by bike.

Randy Atkins: The online map compares walking, biking, public transit, and driving efficiencies.

Sep Kamvar: It’s not just information for individuals to say what’s the fastest way to get from point A to point B, but this is information for city planners.

Randy Atkins: Kamvar says they might consider more biking infrastructure. He’s adding a map-a-day, from many cities, to his website “You Are Here”…showing various info like tree densities or where the most bike accidents occur. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News