Measure the distance of your walk, run, bike with Google Maps – Video Tip

If you are working on a new year’s resolution to walk or run more, or you just want to measure how far it was to walk from your hotel to the restaraunt, this tip is for you. There a million and one other uses for this tip as well.

The Gmaps Pedometer is an easy to use tool that a runner put together using Google Maps to be able to quickly map out distances on city streets. The creator did a remarkable job of preserving the simplicity of Google while marrying it with a useful set of tools for exercise folks and tourists. I didn’t mention it in the video, but if you are touring a foreign city and want to know why your dogs are so tired at the end of the day, pull up Gmap Pedometer to see how far you walked! It works for any city in the world.

So whether you are a runner, walker, biker, or tourist, check out how to use the Gmaps Pedomter. And if you try it out and start to use it, please leave me a comment below telling me and HMR visitors how you like it and how you use it.

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  1. Bruce February 26, 2010 Reply

    This is a great tool. I do a lot of driving for work and I deduct my mileage expenses from my taxes. Sometimes I forget to record my car’s odometer before I start driving. This tool will be very helpful to get the mileage after I’ve already done the driving.

    If you’re trying to use it and can’t seem to get started, remember to double click on the map to set your way-points.

    Thanks for letting us know about this site.

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      Rick March 10, 2010 Reply

      Good use of it as well. Thanks Bruce

  2. gifer February 27, 2010 Reply

    lol yeah i agree…but earth one is much better

  3. Tino June 3, 2010 Reply

    Great site!!! Bookmarked.

  4. Steph August 10, 2010 Reply

    Another good site to do your own mapping of routes is, which has an altitude feature.

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      Rick August 15, 2010 Reply

      Very cool! I tried it out and liked it. A little more complicated than the Gmaps Pedometer, but I’m going to keep working with it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. J October 30, 2011 Reply

    Great tool. I just wish that I could get it to work better on my phone.

  6. Judy July 8, 2012 Reply

    Hi, Rick,

    I’d love to check this out – but – I’ve been unable to view videos on my MacBook for some time. Each time I try to, I get a message that “An error occurred. Try again later.” Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Judy

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      Rick July 8, 2012 Reply

      Hello Judy…it sounds like your Adobe Flash player is either out dated or not functioning. Re-download and then install Adobe Flash Player from Good luck.

  7. Howard July 8, 2012 Reply

    Rick, Looks interesting, seems accurate if you stick to roads. But it will not recognize the trails I use near my home. (They are paved, and shown on the Google Map.)

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      Rick July 8, 2012 Reply

      It will work on some trails…use the running option or manual. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Linda Davidson July 14, 2012 Reply

        Same thing for me. It doesn’t show CO River Trail routes.
        But great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Seb October 14, 2012 Reply

    This is great! Did exactly what I needed, and so easy to use.

  9. Don January 28, 2016 Reply

    For some reason, I cannot get the app to show on my iPhone?
    I can go to the web site, but do not see a way to get it as an icon.

    • Author
      Rick January 29, 2016 Reply

      Which app?

      • Don January 29, 2016 Reply

        I thought from your site posting, that the walk pedometer was an app that that worked with Google Maps.

        • Author
          Rick February 2, 2016

          No, sorry, as per the article and the video, it utilizes Google Maps via the Gmaps Pedometer web site…and only on a computer. Won’t work on mobile.

  10. Tricia Powell January 7, 2017 Reply

    In unincorporated Mesa County on the Redlands the only route calculator that seems to work is the straight line feature. Neither the running or bicycle feature would show any point on my route except the starting point at my house. Using straight lines is more tedious in our curvy area, but I appreciate having the calculator.

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      Rick January 8, 2017 Reply

      Good point! Some areas aren’t mapped as well as others. You can just make many short, straight lines, to make a curve, but it is more cumbersome. Thanks for your comment!

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