Often it is not clear how to plan routes without running into problems "out there" when following the route. Here is some information about the technical background:
Routes that are planned with RouteConverter, road net-based navigation devices or in Google Maps, follow public roads for motor vehicles, ie highways, county roads, public routes for motor vehicles. If road network based navigation devices offer (such as Falk, Navigon, TomTom) a route planning mode for 'bikes', it is because the representation of the arrival time and the exclusion of highways, motor roads and things like that. In most digital maps for navigation devices biking trails just don't exist.
Road network and routing algorithms
Each navigation device has a different road network and a different routing algorithm. Practically, this means that a route that was planed with RouteConverter which is based on Google Maps and its road network and the Google Maps routing may look different on a navigation device byfrom Falk, Navigon, TomTom. When planning the route its positions are routed on roads such the connect the positions in RouteConverter in the position list at the right. The routing algorithm connects the position using the road network and then a blue line on the map shows how the positions would ideally be connected with each other via road networks.
A navigation device will connect the same positions with its own routing algorithm and it road network and create appropriate routing instructions. Differences in routing algorithm and road network can cause differences in the routing. If you tightly place the waypoints in RouteConverter and use prominent locations, ideally every 3-10 miles and inbetween intersections and outside of towns, you have a relatively high probability that the route looks the same in RouteConverter and on the navigation device.
The following options are available to define positions for the route
- Hold the [Ctrl] key, move the cursor to desired position, press left mouse button
- Move the cursor to the desired position, press the right mouse button -> 'Insert'
- Select Position/New, click the yellow star or press the [Insert] key and then move the location at the map via drag-and-drop
- Use Position/Find Location... and enter a place name, select an entry in the results list and call 'Paste' or double-click the line at the results list
- Move the cursor to the blue line that connects positions as a route, wait for a small circle to appear, then press the left mouse button, drag the route to a different street and release the mouse button
To get a better idea where the route goes along, you can
- Customize the routing for cars or pedestrians
- Avoid highways
- Avoid toll roads
There are appropriate choices in Tools/Options...:
To match your expectations, the route should be followed up on the navigation device on a high zoom level. Avoid waypoints
- at intersections
- on the intersection of two major roads like highways
- on the opposite lane of a motorway (for example, by reversing a route)
- in small roads
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