Where People Run in Minneapolis
There’s a great map of “where people run” that’s pretty remarkable. The folks at Flowingdata.com created it using mapping data from Run Keeper. If you’re into data and whatnot, it’s pretty fascinating. Here’s what they did;
…when we look at activity logs, whether they be our own, from our friends, or from a public timeline, the activities only appear individually. What about all together? 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.
They have data from 22 cities. Below is where people run in Minneapolis (sorry St. Paul). If you’ve been living in Minnesota for any length of time, you already know the best places to run in the Twin Cities.
There are a few things in particular that stood out to me, and a few questions it raised.
- How many people really run across the lakes? Clearly this is during the winter, which speaks to how courageous Minnesotans are when it comes to winter running.
- Columbia Golf Course? I had no idea the Columbia Golf course was so popular. Our house is only a few miles from there, but I’ve only run around it once in 8 years.
- Hiawatha? I find it hard to believe that anybody is running down Hiawatha. Since the map is just pulling in data without a filter, maybe these folks forgot to turn it off while riding the LRT?
- What’s up with North Minneapolis? It’s sad that there’s no run data from North Minneapolis. True, there are several places on this map that are also “running deserts”, but with the number of people who live there, I’m surprised there isn’t more purple. Does this speak to some socioeconomic disparity of running in the area? If so, we need to find a way to change that.
Overall, nothing was too surprising. What surprised you? Were there places you thought would have more purple?
Don’t forget to log your core work and miles from the months of January!