Just how bad is your commute? Well, the Isoscope map can show you just how miserable your drive home is -- or at least the first 10 minutes of it.
Head to the site, enter a city in the search box, and then click a spot on the map. A blue blob will appear, showing you how far you can drive in a given time period. At the bottom of the map you can choose 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 minutes, along with a day of the week.
The blue blob shows you the farthest you can travel in your chosen time period -- that is, the time of day when traffic is lightest. You can then mouse over the times in the timeline at the bottom of the map to see, for example, how your movement gets restricted as you the move through morning and evening rush hours. A white border changes within the blue blob as you mouse over different times.
You can choose multiple points a map at the same time, and you can then click on Clear Map to start over. Click on Show Pedestrian in the bottom menu panel to see how far you can walk in your chosen time period; a dark blue blob will appear to show the distance you can cover on foot.
Isoscope is a fascinating map that may result in a loss in my productivity today. If I could make two requests for future additions, they would be:
1. Let me see how far I could drive in 20-, 30-, 40-, and 60-minute time periods.
2. Add a layer for major cities that would let me see how far I could travel by subway or rail.