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Measure And Share Route

How to Draw a Route on a Map and Share

This guide will show how you can draw a route on a map and then share the route using a link.

Go to http://www.freemaptools.com/measure-distance.htm

Draw on the map by clicking

Measure And Share Route

Once the route is drawn, save the route using the User Menu found at the top right of the screen

Measure And Share Save

Give the route a name

Measure And Share Save Name

Once saved, click on the [Load Route] option on the User Menu

Measure And Share Load

Click on the link icon

Measure And Share Route Link

You can then copy the URL generated and share via email, Twitter, Facebook etc…

Measure And Share Copy Link

The example used in this guide was http://tinyurl.com/nc7clou

Draw an Area on a Map and Share

This article will explain how you can use the Area Calculator on Free Map Tools to draw an area, then share with others using a link.

The procedure is:

  1. Go to the Area Calculator
  2. Draw the area on the map
Draw an Area

Draw an Area

  1. Once the area is drawn, save the area from the User Menu by selecting [User Menu] > [Save Area]
Share Area Save

Share Area Save

  1. Give the Area a name and click [Save]
Share Area Name

Share Area Name

  1. Then select [User Menu] > [Load Area]
Load Area

Load Area

  1. On the Load Area window, click on the link icon on your saved area to generate a link
Share Area Link

Share Area Link

  1. A window will then appear displaying a unique link to your area. Select and copy this link to share with others.
Share Area URL

Share Area URL

For example, here is the link generated from this example: http://tinyurl.com/onue3ma

Tunnel to the Other side of the World

In this guide we will show you can use the Map Tunnelling Tool to find out what point on the earth is directly below you.

Visit the Map Tunnelling Tool

Use the left hand map to find a position on the earth

The right hand map will then show where is directly below you, in other words the antipodal point.

Tunnel to the Other Side of the Earth

Tunnel to the Other Side of the Earth

You can also move the right hand map to cause the left hand map to move.

Below the map, the estimate address for the locations of both maps will be displayed.

There is also an estimate for the length of tunnel that would be required to tunnel between the two locations.

Find Population Inside a Drive Time Radius

In this example, we will show how to use multiple pages on Free Map Tools to estimate the population inside a ‘drive time’ radius. We will then find the estimated population within a 1 hour drive from Atlanta, Georgia.

Procedure:

      1. Make your drive time radius. E.g. http://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-can-i-travel.htm?address=Atlanta,%20Georgia&speed=60&time=1&accuracy=10&u=km&hw=false&m=false&mode=DRIVING
      2. Once processing has finished, choose Save Area from the User Menu found near the top right of the web page
      3. Give the new area a name

        Drive Time From Atlanta

      4. Go to http://www.freemaptools.com/find-population.htm
      5. Choose User Menu > Load Area
      6. Click your new area name from the list to load it
      7. Click the Find Population button

The estimated population is shown below the map.

Please use this example as a basis for your own needs and uses across different pages on Free Map Tools

You can see how data is compatible between pages on http://www.freemaptools.com/about-user-menu.htm#featuretable

How to Find Population Inside a Radius

This article will describe how you can use Free Map Tools Find Population on Map to produce an estimate for the population inside a radius.

Find Population Inside Radius Icon

  • Draw the radius by dragging clicking on the map at the desired center point
  • Adjust the position of the radius by dragging the center grip

Find Population Inside Radius Posistion

  • Change the radius itself by dragging one of the four outside grips

Find Population Inside Radius Button

  • Once the radius is correct, click the [Find Population] button. After a shortly delay, the estimated population will be displayed below the map.

Find Population Inside Radius Output

Find Population

You can use the Find Population on Map tool to draw a radius or area and then find out the population inside that area.

To start, click either the radius or area icon.

Population Choose Radius or Area

Population Choose Radius or Area

For a radius, click on the map to draw the radius. You can then reposition or re-centre the radius in order to get it to cover the required area.

Once you are satisfied with the position of the radius on the map, click the [Find Population] button just below the map. The population estimate is then displayed below the map. See the example below for the population estimate of Dublin, Ireland

Population of Dublin, Ireland Radius

Population of Dublin, Ireland Radius

For a user defined area, click on the map multiple times to draw the area on the map. You can drag to reposition any vertex. You can also right click to delete a vertex. It is advised to draw the area in a clockwise direction clicking around the area in a clockwise fashion. Once you are satisfied with the position of the radius on the map, click the [Find Population] button just below the map. The population estimate is then displayed below the map. See the example below for the population estimate of Hawaii, USA.

Population of Hawaii

Population of Hawaii

Visit Find Population on Map to try it yourself!

Find USA Cities inside Radius

Need to find a list of US Cities found inside a radius from a center point?

Using Find ZIP Codes Inside a Radius you can do this quickly. We will show an example of all cities in a 50mile radius of Denver, Colorado.

  • Step 1: Visit Find ZIP Codes Inside a Radius
  • Step 2: Add the input parameters of 50 miles and the center point of “Denver, Colorado” in to the text boxes
50 miles from Denver, Colorado

50 miles from Denver, Colorado

  • Step 3: Click the  [Draw Radius] button
  • Step 4: After a short delay, the list of cities are provided below
Cities CSV List

Cities CSV List

  • Step 5: The list will be in CSV format which can be hard to read. To get the cities to list on row at a time:
  • Step 6: Click the [Toggle CSV] button
Toggle CSV Button

Toggle CSV Button

  • Step 7: The list of cities will now be listed one per row. You can now select, copy and paste the text for your own needs.
Cities List by Row

Cities List by Row

Visit Find ZIP Codes Inside a Radius to try it yourself!

Drawing Concentric Circles on a Map

If you have a need to produce a map with a range of circles to indicate a series of radius from a central point, our Concentric Circles Map can be used.

This can be useful when it comes to estimating delivery zones or delivery charges for fast food delivery series for example.

In order to use the Concentric Circles Map, it is necessary to add lines of text with a particular format to the text box below the map. We will now show a few examples of how this can be done:

First, you need to browse to the page http://www.freemaptools.com/concentric-circles.htm

The format of each line is:

[Location] , [Start Radius] , [End Radius] , [Colour]

Where:

  • [Location] is the location of the centre point inside a pair of double quotes. This can be a place name or a latitude / longitude value
  • [Start Radius] – The radius where this concentric circle starts
  • [End Radius] – The radius where this concentric circle ends
  • [Colour] – The fill colour of the radius.

You can add one or many lines depending on how many concentric circles you require. We will now show a few examples of how this can be used.

Example 1: Delivery Zones in London

If we wish to express 4 delivery zones in London, England, each 5km apart, we can use the lines:

“London, England”,0,5,Blue

“London, England”,5,10,Green

“London, England”,10,15,Orange

“London, England”,15,20,Red

i.e.:

concentric-circle-london-text

Lines used for Delivery Zones in London

This will produce the following Concentric Circle Map:

concentric-circle-london

Delivery Zones in London

Example 2: 100 mile to 150mile Range From New York

If we wish to illustrate an area between a 100 and 150 miles radius from New York with latitude/longitude of 40.7127, -74.0059 in purple, we could use the following line:

“40.7127, -74.0059”,100,150,purple

i.e.

concentric-circle-new-york-text

Text for 100 mile to 150mile Range From New York

Note: You can specify the units on the map. You can also use the Full Screen button to show the map in full screen mode.

This will produce the following map:

concentric-circle-new-york

100 to 150 miles radius from New York

To create your own Concentric Circles, please visit the Concentric Circle Map page and try it yourself!

 

 

 

List USA ZIP Codes Within a Drive Time Radius

Following the addition of our new User Menu feature, we can show an example of how to use multiple pages on Free Map Tools and share data between them.

This scenario, is to list the USA ZIP codes within a ‘drive time’ radius. In this example we will find all ZIP codes within a 2 hour drive from Detroit, USA.

Procedure:

      1. Make your drive time radius. E.g. https://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-can-i-travel.htm?address=Detroit,%20Michigan,%20USA&speed=53&time=2&accuracy=10&u=km&hw=false&m=false&mode=DRIVING
      2. Once finished, choose Save Area from the User Menu
      3. Give the new area a name
        User Menu Save Area
      4. Go to http://www.freemaptools.com/find-zip-codes-inside-user-defined-area.htm
      5. Choose User Menu > Load Area
      6. Click your new area from the list to load it
      7. Click the Search For ZIP codes button

Your ZIPs are now returned!

Please use this example a basis for your own needs and uses across different pages on Free Map Tools

You can see how data is compatible between pages on https://www.freemaptools.com/about-user-menu.htm#featuretable