A cool new mapping tool lets you estimate how far you can get from a given location in a short period of time either by car or on foot.

It’s called Isoscope, and, for Evanston it shows that, starting from Fountain Square downtown, you can get to most spots in town in under 10 minutes by car.

Worst travel times, as you might expect, are during the afternoon rush around 6 p.m. — that’s the white line on the map. The map also shows how much further you can go at any other hour you choose.

And the bright blue blob in the middle shows how far a pedestrian can walk in the same time — a distance that’s not much affected by time of day.

The map app, produced by the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany, has travel time data for much of the world, so it’s easy to explore how rough travel conditions are elsewhere compared to here.

Hat tip to Curbed Chicago for first reporting on Isoscope.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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