Offline Maps for Cyclists and Hikers
I love mountain biking. Riding a bicycle has been great fun to me since I discovered the activity at around 5 years old. Now, as an adult, I spend most of my biking time on a mountain bike in the hills of Santa Monica since I live in that neighborhood. Santa Monica hills peak at about 2500 feet altitude. When you get up there or in between the hills, the Internet connection gets spotty; often, it goes out completely. This is a problem when I use Strava’s maps or Google maps to find my way around. The hills are interlaced with numeours dirt roads and hiking trails. It’s easy to take the wrong way on a fork and end up going far out of one’s way or end up on a trail that is a dead end.
I’ve been googling around to see if others deal with a similar issue and saw that I am not the only one. The problem is that I couldn’t find any decent solution to the problem. Being an engineer by trade, I decided to take this on and help address the problem. I created an offline-downloadable set of maps for the Santa Monica hills and intend to add more locations next. These maps are satellite images of the terrain with street names included for easier orientation. The maps can be viewed offline on Google Chrome mobile browser - ideal for cyclists and hikers. The view looks like this:
To install the maps on your phone, follow the instructions on this page.
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