Fun with Urban Planning: The Most Mesmerizing Way To Measure Travel Time In Chicago

By AJ LaTrace

A new interactive mobility mapping tool called Isoscope allows users to measure driving and walking distances in their city by day of the week and time of day. Sure to be a hit with urban planners, data geeks and statistics lovers, the map offers a pretty accurate idea of travel distances within a specific time frame. Here’s how it works: pick a point on the map, then select a day of the week and a travel time frame of 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 minutes. Scroll through the hours of the day to see how far one can expect to travel within that period. The dark blue spot is how far a pedestrian can travel, and the lighter blue is how far one can drive. Ok, so it may be a little confusing. The map tool was born from the idea of looking at short trips and comparing the differences between walking and driving. The complete map tool can be found here.