New Service Category: Convenience Stores

June 14, 2012

Whew, the last few weeks in the Routes & Mapping department have been full, full, full! We just sent a batch of maps to the printer for updating last week and this week we are getting started on the next batch due to the printer at the end of the month. Bear in mind both of these events are happening in the midst of finishing up our building expansion and the requisite reshuffling of staff locations that goes along with it.

Many of the updated maps have been converted to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and are now sporting the new style conventions we've adopted. It's been exciting to see established routes refreshed in this way.

One of the new features I haven't talked about is adding convenience stores. In most cases, we are not really adding new information as much as redefining old data. Prior to this change, we've used the service station symbol to denote a gas station. Over time, gas stations have acquired convenience stores as an adjunct to their gas pumps. In those cases, we would also place a grocery symbol with the note that it was a limited selection -- hopefully enough goods available that a hungry cyclist could make a meal in a pinch.

With the changing of times, we've determined gas stations are less important places of refuge and water bottle refills than they used to be. The existence of a convenience store seems to be a more important spot to show since they fulfill those same needs. To acknowledge this, we are replacing the service station symbol with a convenience store symbol where appropriate and deleting those that don't offer food for sale.

Using tools like Google maps in Street View, we are generally able to make this determination if previously unknown. Of course, we welcome confirmation from cyclists about the status of limited grocery stores vs. convenience stores and service stations via Map Correction cards.

Photo: Overhead view of the Routes & Mapping department as we madly finished maps prior to stretching ourselves across the room into the new space afforded by the building remodel. By Greg Siple


GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, an Adventure Cycling cartographer, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.


Jenn, Cartographer June 15, 2012, 1:17 PM

Hi Llewellyn! Thanks for your comments. It sounds like you are well acquainted with your smart phone. =)

Earlier this year (2012) there were two conversations on the topic of apps. You can read them in our Forums here:

iPhone apps

Android apps

If you want to contribute to the conversation, all it takes to get set up is your email address.

llewellyn June 14, 2012, 11:28 AM

A great idea. I have recently come back from 6 weeks in Japan, I used 4 apps on my iPhone that helped me get food and drink throughout Japan. One was of the 7-11 chain and the other three were Curry houses, Gyudon(Beef bowl shops), and the last was a one of burger places.These were simply great,even though they were in Japanese, no matter which city or where I was between cities I could find any number of places to eat cheaply using these apps. All that was missing was an app for drink machines,which are all over Japan, and which I took for granted till I found that there were places that did not have them.Here in Australia I also have one app that is essential, it is one integrated with a map of where to find toilets, I had no idea of some of the places you could find a toilet when touring. Do many American tourers use either iPhone or Android apps when touring.

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