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Tell me how you navigate!

Calling all fellow esk8 commuters! I have not been able to find a topic about how you navigate your city on your esk8, so if you esk8 your commute, or if you just take the board out for a spin to the corner store, or if your boards are just a hobby that you joyride on, I want to hear from you!

How do you navigate your city on your esk8? What do you use for directions? I have seen the “Where do you ride” topic, but of the options in your city, what do you prefer, and how do you navigate to your destination? I’ll go first:

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My transportation is 95% esk8 and public transportation. My city (Portland, OR) has a fairly robust system of bike lanes/paths, and they are working to make them better. We also have “Neighborhood Greenways” that are residential streets that are marked for shared use, and are great for esk8.

Google Maps biking directions interfaces pretty well with all of those things here, although sometimes it defaults to putting me on a bike lane off a main street when I would rather be in the neighborhood. We also have pretty good public transportation, and google maps also interfaces well with that.

My biggest gripe is that google maps does not have a dedicated mode for “biking to the metro”. When you ask for public transit directions it defaults to assuming that you are walking and gives you directions based on that. I usually end up using bike directions to the metro stop, and metro directions from there. It’s frustrating that google cant do a better job of optimizing my route, for example if it knew that I can go 20mph, but only where bikes go.

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Just listen to Google map directions on your headset

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My eyes mostly

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Usually my eyes and just knowing my town will lead me to where I need to go…

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If it’s a new place, google maps, otherwise just exploring and being as safe as possible.

Dallas is easy to navigate directions-wise, cars not so much as is most cities haha.

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I live in a small city. I know exactly how to go anywhere as long as I am not high.

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I use Apple Maps …

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Same. Come skate with me and @DerelictRobot dude.

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Stop recruiting for your orgies

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@Drunkenmonkey @MrDrunkenMobster dude don’t show up too drunk, it is not recommended to pass out in their company. Also, cup lid…

got the drunkens mixed up sorry

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Hmm I want a cup holder on my commuter board.

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Train to race without spilling liquid from the cup Takumi style?

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I was envisioning one of those gyroscope style 2 axis pivot. It would look quite fancy pulling out from a red light drink holder going full tilt.

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Of course I forgot this place was a nerds nest.

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checks out, @Skunk definitely has eyes

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the nature of where i live there are not too many different ways to get somewhere, so its mostly by memory or eyes :skunk: . last weekend was supporting my wife on her marathon i used google maps with pre-defined check points to navigate. had the turn by turn in my headset which helped when paths were unexpectedly closed.

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You mentioned the wrong person lol

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lol you are right, too many drunks around here :sweat_smile:

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Smartwatch 3 + google maps. Tmnt style

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