In this tutorial I will show you how to calculate the distance from your home (or any other point) to destinations you might like to ride your electric bicycle to. You can find out how far it is from your home to your office or favorite restaurant via trail or road. This is a great way to plan your route to avoid high traffic areas also.
You’ll be surprised how many places you can get to and back with your electric bicycle. My bike gets about twenty miles per charge so I figure about 9 miles each way to be safe. I never really thought about it before I started ridding my electric bicycle, but almost all the places I go on a daily basis are within 9 miles of my house. All those years of starting up the car just to go a couple of miles was really wasteful and the gas used adds up fast and is really unnecessary.
The health benefits of electric bikes are great because *you will ride everyday* not just when the conditions are perfect outside whereas you probably don’t ride everyday on your non electric bicycle (right?).
O.K. on to the tutorial. This method works better than using other mapping applications because you can choose which streets and or paths, bike trails etc… that you want to take. And choosing back roads or secondary streets rather than busy roads that the other applications usually point you to. This is especially good for electric bikes, but can be used effectively for any electric vehicle.
If You don’t have Google Earth already installed you can get it here for free.
Open up Google Earth, type in your home address and put a pin in your roof. Select the push pen icon at top and move it to your starting location, give it a name and OK. Now select the Ruler tool in the tool bar. Choose Path in the fly out and select Miles. Begin your line by clicking once in the street in front of your house, then go to the point where you will turn and click. Continue the line until you are at your destination then give the route a name and save it. That’s it! You can make as many routes as you like to all your favorite destinations and know that you’ll have plenty of juice to get back home.