Working with GPX and KML files

The rapid expansion of digital mapping technologies -- hand held GPS units, location aware smartphones, Google Earth -- has created powerful opportunities for individuals to work with location data on their own.

Where to Ride allows users to download the geographic data (lines and points of interest) that appears on each detailed ride page's interactive map. This information can be saved in two formats: GPX and KML. 

GPX files ("GPS eXchange") are commonly used to transfer information to and from GPS units.  Some smartphone apps also work with GPX data. Point data from Where to Ride gets stored as waypoints on a GPS unit; line data is read in and stored as tracks.

KML files ("Keyhole Markup Language") are best known for their compatibility with Google Earth. They can also be opened by a growing number of other programs and apps. Google Earth is a freely available mapping program that can open and display Where to Ride data on top of aerial imagery (and numerous other data sets). 

Remember, when you download GPX and KML files from Where to Ride, that information is current at the time of download. This website is dynamic, and ride information may be edited by site administrators. Check back periodically to keep your own files current.