For the past year I've been trying to bike down every street in St Louis. In the beginning this was easy and wide-open and fun. The middle has been less so. Now, sitting at ≈65% completion
, and is no longer working; I need to get way smarter about this. How would a programmer, a mathematician, or a GIS/transit specialist approach this endgame, and what tools/software would he/she use?
This is getting much harder, and my return on time spent has trended towards unsustainable. I gotta make some big changes. I need help with: 01) overall approach, and 02) tools/software that'd make it most easy. I'd give myself a budget of $200 for this (but would range up to twice that if there was an amazing/transcendent solution).
As you can tell by the map
, I've pretty much hit up all the low-hanging fruit, in regards to easy, gridded streets. This leaves me with a maze of irregular streets
and a daunting number of small missed streets
To this point I've just made a simple cue sheet marking the boundaries of what I'd be doing that day. But as of late these cue sheets have become tedious and hyper-specific
and a chore to make, and a bigger chore to follow.
If this were 6 years into the future, a great solution might be a Google Glass
sort of deal that'd highlight unridden streets as green, or something... but I'm trying to finish this before winter.
Three notes framing the problem (feel free to ask if other info would be helpful):
- I don't have a car, but have access to a robust transit system [map: 2.6mb PDF], and can take the bike on all buses and trains.
- I live in the centrally-located Shaw neighborhood.
- Preferred ride lengths are in the 20mi-30mi range 4×/week, and a 40mi-50mi ride 1-2×/week.
List of tools I currently have/use:
- Garmin Edge 500 GPS
- Android smartphone w/GPS
- Strava Pro account w/GPX export: [profile | GPX for all rides]
- GRASS, QGIS, Google Earth, etc, with "C-" skills at employing each.
- A 10-year-old and never-professionally-used Geography/GIS undergraduate degree. I bring this up to say that I can grok geospatial things well enough, but couldn't begin to develop tools, and shouldn't be trusted to be adept at their use.
So programmers, mathematicians, GIS/transit folks
: thanks in advance for your insight and your expertise. If I've left out anything important -- and I bet I have -- please don't hesitate to ask. Many thanks.