Map shows where we run (Dallas, TX)

Hint: It’s White Rock Lake.

These visually appealing maps from Nathan Yau, who runs a blog called Flowing Data, provide a pretty look at where people are running around Dallas.

Yau collected data from the many apps runners use to track workouts — often the logs are displayed publicly. Then he used the data to outline routes in major cities.

The result? This series of “Where People Run” maps.

Can you spot our city?
Can you spot our city?

“Not only is it fun to see, but it can be useful to the data collectors to plan future workouts or even city planners who make sure citizens have proper bike lanes and running paths.”

No surprise that the Dallas map shows a gazillion circles around White Rock Lake.


“If there’s one quick (and expected) takeaway,” Yau notes, “it’s that people like to run by the water and in parks, probably to get away from cars, and the scenery.”

Granted not everyone digitally tracks walks, runs and rides.

“Yau writes, don’t take these maps too literally. They simply cover the tip of a very interesting iceberg.”

Delve in deeper here.


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