I know. It has been a long time since I have posted here. I can’t put my finger on the exact reason but it has to do with the pandemic and being locked up inside with only my family and my phone screen. The last thing I wanted was to sit in front of another typing about my walks.
Speaking of walks, I have been doing them. I took a short break in March and April of 2020 and then when my kids didn’t go back to school for almost a whole year, I didn’t have much time to dedicate to my exploration of this great city. In January I ramped up my walking and I’ve made great progress in 2021 so far. This whole time I have been posting my walks to my Facebook page so if you’d like to go back and see where I’ve been, I’d suggest starting there. I don’t think I am going to be able to retroactively write about all of those walks in 2020 and 2021. I do not have the time, patience, or brain space for that.
So, while I have not been posting, I have been walking! I’ve also discovered a new way to track my progress and it’s my newest obsession. It’s a website called Citystrides.com and it’s linked to my Strava account (you can also sync Runkeeper, mapmyrun, and Garmin to CityStrides). Strava is what I use to track my walks from my Apple Watch. Here is a screenshot of what my progress map looks like today (6/27/2021):
CityStrides (CS) bases its street names on the Open Street Map Project. CS creates a list of the streets per city that you have walked and those you still need to complete. In order to mark a street as complete, you must walk 90% of it. Each street has “nodes” which are essentially virtual pins you have to walk on top of to turn the node from red to green:
As of this writing, I am in second place for the whole city and have completed 3,701 Streets leaving 1,119 to go. That means that OpenStreetMap (OSM) has the official street count for the City of Pittsburgh at 4,820.
While I am happy to finally have a goal number to aim for, I have found countless mistakes in the OSM data. I am able to help edit the map to fix some of the issues but there are so many tiny errors that getting it right is a daunting task.
If you’re wondering who is in first place, head over to the Pittsburgh page of CityStrides and then click on the striders tab above the street names. Edward is running all of the streets and chronicling his journey at runallthestreets.com He’s beating me right now but I’m slowly closing the gap. My friend Bridget is also trying to complete the streets and she’s closing the gap even faster than I am 🙀🙀🙀
Who will finish first??????