Travel Distance Overlay

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Travel Distance overlay for 500m travel distance to a school (blue arrow), over roads with pedestrian traffic (sidewalks)

The Travel Distance Overlay is a grid overlay which shows the distance that can be traveled from a certain starting point (destination area). The traffic is split between motorized and pedestrian traffic, based on the road type (roads vs sidewalks).

The overlay also uses an additional fill distance, which allows the result to expand to the area around the accessible roadways, to include accessible surrounding constructions. This allows users to query constructions that are within acceptable distance of cells which are within the travel distance.

The calculation model behind the overlay is based on the same algorithm as used in the Watershed Overlay. The travel distance will therefore not be the exact travel distance, but the 8-direction Chebyshev distance.


The travel distance overlay can be used to visualize the travel distance from certain areas of interest (schools, shops, sports centers, etc), based on the roads project area. If we take a school as example, we can visualize which houses (and other buildings), within a range of 20m to a connecting sidewalk, are within a walking distance of 500m from the school of the example.


Travel features:


Grid Prequels

It is also possible to provide certain input data as more detailed grid. The following data can be provided as prequel Grid Overlays:

  • DESTINATION: Provides an alternative for the destination grid locations. Overrides the default, which are destination areas.
  • TRAVERSABLE: Provides an alternative for the traversable grid locations. Overrides the default, which are traversable roads which allow the traffic of interest.
  • BLOCKING: Provides an alternative for the non-traversable grid locations. Overrides the blocking features configured using BLOCKED.

Result Types


The amount of timeframes of a Travel Distance Overlay is determined by the maximum of the amount of timeframes of its prequels. For example, if the Blocked prequel has 1 timeframe, the traversable prequel has 3 and the destination prequel has 4, the Travel Distance Overlay will have 4 timeframes. This also means that you will have to align the timeframes of its prequel when using more than one timeframe, since for the fourth timeframe, the third traversable prequel will be used.