The Mobile Route Planner brings the best of our mapping tools to the palm of your hand. Use it to plan your weekend gravel grinder, or take it with you on the go to find your way around town. Whatever the situation, the Mobile Route Planner lets you keep your plans flexible and make adjustments to your route on the fly.
Premium and Basic subscribers unlock access to the Mobile Route Planner.
Create a Route
A route is a pre-determined plan for a ride. A route will include a track, an elevation profile, and can include a cuesheet, points of interest, photos, and more. You can create your own routes or find routes that other users have created. Find out more about the difference between a Route and a Ride.
The Mobile Route Planner is available with a Basic or Premium subscription. Check out the video below to get an idea of how the mobile route planner works!
To access the Mobile Route Planner:
- Tap More while in the Ride with GPS app
- Tap Route Planner.
Or, if you already have an existing route or ride you want to work from, you can view a route or ride from your library, and tap Plan to open it within the route planner.
Choose a Start Point
- Jump to Home: If you've set your home location in your profile preferences, tap the Search Location box then tap Home to jump to your set home location.
- Jump to Current Location: Tap Current Location to jump to your current GPS location.
To edit your start marker, tap the green start balloon to open up an options menu. Tap Delete or Move to edit the start location. Read more about Changing the Start Location below.
Build out your Route
Route from Point A to Point B
- Once you've entered a start point, enter another address or point of interest into the search bar, then tap Route to Here to automatically create a route from point A to point B.
Chose your Route Track Manually
- Pan the map, and tap along roads or trails to add to your route manually.
- White Control Points will appear as you build your route, constraining your route between each point. The more control points you have the more your route will stay in place when editing or dragging your route elsewhere. To delete a control point, tap it then select Delete.
Move the Route Track
- To move already established sections of your route:
- Tap directly on the route line to open an options menu.
- Select Move and drag the underlying map until the location pin lines up with the new route location.
- You'll see the route adjustment as a gray line. Tap the map to finalize the edit.
Cue Sheet Updates
- Scroll and tap on the cues to see their location on the route.
- Tap the expand icon in the upper right corner of your cuesheet to view a slightly larger list of cues.
Undo & Redo
Additional Route Planner Tools
Access additional tools within the Mobile Route Planner by tapping Tools at the bottom of the Route Planner.
Select Walking, Cycling, or Driving as your routing style to adjust how the route planner chooses roads and trails. You can switch between routing styles during a planning session to adjust optimization or get around a route planner limitation. Read about each routing style below:
- Walking: Prioritizes safety for walking. This routing will not be limited by traffic laws such as one-way streets, and will route on multi-use and foot paths. This can be a good option for routing on gravel or trails.
- Cycling: Prioritizes safety for cycling. Routes will use multi-use and bike paths, but if this infrastructure isn’t available in your area, the route planner will use roads. Note: you may notice the route planner will not let you route along a certain stretch of road, instead, diverting you to a side street. In some cases, this can result in funny loops and u-turns. If you notice this, we recommend switching to Driving mode.
- Driving: Prioritizes shortest distance, typically sticking to paved roads or highways. Routes can’t be made using multi-use or bike paths with this style.
- Draw Lines: Use Draw Lines to route through shorter areas that lack routable data. This could be a parking lot, unmarked street, unmarked pedestrian cut-throughs or new trails.
Draw Lines will not create cues, and will override routing engine data, so please use sparingly and switch back to another optimization after routing through the trouble spot.
- Change Start/End: Easily select a new start or end point that connects to your current route by following the in-app prompts.
- Reverse Route: Quickly reverse the cues and direction of travel for a route.
- Out and Back: Use this tool if you're planning to navigate a complete route in both directions of travel.
- Tap a color option to create your track line using that color moving forward
- To change the color of your route line after you've created it, tap a section of your route between two control points > select Change Color > tap a color to change it.
Change Map Style and Overlays
- Tap to enable or disable a map overlay type. Select multiple overlay options at once.
- Global Heatmaps: Show the RWGPS rider community's heatmap and view commonly ridden areas to help influence planning.
- Personal Heatmaps: Show your personal ride history as a heat map to plan for new and old adventures.
- Map Types:
- Choose a map style that fits your aesthetic and riding style. Changing the map style can also help you leverage different map data and routing prioritization. See Switching Map Styles for map keys and more details.
Save your Route
- Tap Finish at the bottom of your screen.
- Tap Save or select Navigate to navigate the route immediately without saving it first.
- Add route details such as a name, photos, and privacy setting.
- Tap Save to finish and add the route to your account.
- The route planner keeps routing around the road I want to follow.
- Is it a one-way road or a road not safe for cyclists? Try switching your routing style to see if you're encountering a routing limitation. If that doesn't resolve the issue, try different Map Styles to see if you're encountering a map limitation.
- Double check the road you're routing on isn't closed seasonally or for construction
- The POI disappears when I add it to my route.
- Double check that you have POI enabled as a visible map layer.
- I can't open my route in the route planner/the route planner freezes when I open it.
- Generally we recommend keeping routes under 500 miles/800kms for optimal app performance. If the route planner doesn't load your route properly, double check that it doesn't drastically exceed this suggested distance limit.