We've written before about the Walkonomics app, which helps you find the best route for getting from point A to B based on walkability. The app takes into account things like safety, ease of crossing and even hilliness. It now has a new version that lets you find the path that puts you closest to nature, or more specifically, has the most trees, so that you can add a little nature immersion to your day-to-day travels.
"When he was a newborn baby, I was often taking him out in the pram, and he really liked tree-lined areas. Whenever he wasn't seeing trees, he was crying. So, I was thinking it would be useful to know where all the trees are in the local area," Davies says.
So, he added a new algorithm to the app that finds the leafiest paths.
"Parks and tree-filled streets are like magnets to the algorithm. It's like having a friend who's obsessed with trees," he says.
The app uses open-source data like city tree maps and aerial photos of urban canopies to find the tree-lined routes. When using the app, you can put in your destination then use a slider to choose between "beautiful" and "fast." The most beautiful result may take longer, but will give you the most tree exposure; choose fast and you'll have the quickest route to where you're going, with maybe just a few trees.
The app also has a new feature that lets you find the best five-minute walk from any starting point and also highlights bars and restaurants along the way.