OpenRouteService introduces E-bike and Level of Fitness routing profiles globally


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GIScience Heidelberg has been busy working on some new features within the OpenRouteService which are especially suited for bicyclists. For starters anelectronic bicycle profile has been introduced which especially comes in handy for accessibility analyses considering elevation information.

Fitness Level "Pro"

To this end you will notice that inclines will not have such a large impact on the reachability compared to the other traditional bicycle profiles. In this context finally a much longed for feature, namely fitness categories have been realized in ORS: By combining OpenStreetMap data with elevation information you may now plan your routes according to your level of fitness (Novice, moderate, amateur or pro). Please note and be aware that this is currently in a beta phase and we appreciate your feedback at in case you experience some abnormal routing results. As an alternative you may also entirely avoid hills or even set the maximum steepness you are willing to ride on in percent (0-15%).

This has been made possible trough the Klaus Tschira Stiftung Heidelberg supporting to establish the “Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology” (HeiGIT), which provides further resources for extending OpenRouteService in a more sustainable way.

GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University

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