Quinte, On. real estate agent: The Gmap Pedometer

The Gmap Pedometer

I have stumbled across yet another Google application that is guaranteed to keep you spellbound for at least 3 minutes. I'm sure some of you have already heard of this, but I'm equally sure that most of you will not have.

Google maps have been around for a while, and I have forgotten how I ever managed to get around before I became aware of them. Now I can ignore the directions people give me (and most people are terrible at giving directions), and simply Google the address. So much quicker and easier. Gmaps are an essential part of my daily life, especially when I have to find somewhere that's in the middle of nowhere.

Did you know that you could also use Gmaps as a pedometer?  You can sign up, start a walking program, and have Gmaps track your progress. This application is called the Gmap Pedometer. Go there as soon as you have finished reading this blog.

It's pretty simple, and I'll give you an example. I like to walk from time to time. Walking regularly is healthy, especially when you shouldn't be driving. I will use this example to calculate the distance from the Welfare Office in Trenton to McDonalds with a quick stop at the Liquor Store.

google map

First I find the Welfare Office and click the balloon thingamajig on the address.

google map

Then I plot my route by clicking the balloon at the stops that I make with the final stop being the last one.

google pedometer

Finally, the screen on the left will tell me exactly how far I have walked. In this case it was 1.4947 miles. That's quite a bit of walking. No wonder people usually take taxis when they walk this route.

Joking aside, if you are an avid walker or cyclist, the Gmap pedometer could be a fun tool to use. It might help you keep track of all those miles you are logging.

Comment balloon 11 commentsMalcolm Johnston • September 14 2010 07:09PM


It might help you keep track of all those miles you are logging. I wish I could find something that could keep track of the miles I'm blogging. This is a nifty tool, I'm going to use it for my soon to be daily walks as soon as I get started :)

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the information Malcolm... I like it, I am going to start using GMAP pedometer to measure my walks.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 10 years ago



I always use Google maps but I was not aware of this.


Excellent advice, and very healthy too. 



Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 10 years ago

That is pretty cool. I am going to try it it to see if it will give me the true distance I walk around a local lake. It feels like 10 miles, but they say it's only 2.5

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Malcolm  ...  Mr. Freud was wondering why your post mentions welfare office, MacDonald's and liquor store all in one trip?  ...   Sounds like a lot of talk I heard from people I used to be with .... (for undisclosed recipients)                  ... Len

Posted by Len Kobewka, You Can Scape-it (Prairie Scapes / Scape-it™) almost 10 years ago

Cynthia Larsen - Sonoma County Real Estate (Safe Haven Realty) I don't know how to keep track of Blogging Cynthia, but if it was an Olympic sport, you'd be a gold medal favourite.

Chris Smith - serving South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville and area (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage)It is a pretty nifty tool Chris.

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker) walking is very healthy Brian, I much prefe it to being on a treadmill.

Ellie McIntire Real Estate in Howard County Maryland (The McIntire Team of Long & Foster) Some walks do feel that way Ellie, I was actually quite surprised when I started measuring distances between places which I walk too and fro from regularly. I had assumed I was walking much greater distances than I was.

L.P. "Sarge" Kobewka (RE/MAX ACA) Hi Sarge, lol, I was just trying to be a little facetious.



Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 10 years ago

This is cool...I'm posting it to Facebook....but tell me....is it my imagination or do I keep sensing an underlying thread of a certain kind of "beverage"?

Fun post Malcolm...

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

You had me laughing and considering the day I had dealing with lenders, appraisals, agents and such, that was no small feat.  Seriously, I walk and am always guesstimating distance--I think I walked 4.5 miles this morning but I could verify that with this handy Google tool.

Maybe we could track showings and give buyers the total distance we have traveled together in search of a home...

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 10 years ago

Cool beans! I have never heard of it and I am indeed going to check this out! Thanks for the tip!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 10 years ago

Well, this sounds pretty cool! I, too, will be checking this out. Thanks for the tip!

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) almost 10 years ago

I'll have to try this. I usually walk the distance and then go back and drive it in the car to see how far I walked. Not a great use of time or gas, I guess.

I am laughing at you walking from the Welfare Office in Trenton to McDonalds with a quick stop at the Liquor Store. I bet that's a popular route!

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) almost 10 years ago