The routes on RouteYou always have a direction. That's obvious on the RouteViewer and in many other situations where you will use the routes:
Sometimes you would like to change that direction.
You need a MyRouteYou Plus or higher to have this function. You can invert a route using two methods. The easiest way is to go via the RoutePage (as shown in the screenshot below) to change that direction or to invert the route (explained here below). The alternative method is to go via the RoutePlanner. Click on this link to find out about this method.
We leave the original route intact. The inverted route is a NEW route, so you can edit it and/or give it a new title and description. Most of the time, the original title or description refers to the startingpoint or endpoint. So you better change this.
The RouteYou-platform will make a clear reference to the original route. The description of the derived route starts with a link to the original route. That has a very positive effect on the original route to be found as well by the users as by bots. And it gets a better score SEO-wise, so it comes higher up in the ranking of search engines. So it's great if you or somebody else uses your route to make a derived route from it. If you don't want this, you can make your route private (see below).
The original route can go along paths or ways with one-way traffic. When you invert the route RouteYou gives you a detour or alternative way or path to avoid the one-way traffic way. That's why the inverted route can be shorter or longer then the original route.
Remark: The one-way traffic often depends on the way you go throug it: walking, cycling, motorized, on a horse, ... When inverting a route RouteYou looks to the routing type that is used to make that route. Eg: Inverting a (part of a) route that was planned using "Cycling nicest", RouteYou take care of all one-way traffic roads for cyclists.
Yes. But we enforce a clear reference in the description to the original route, so we respect the work of the original author/organization. On top of that, we enforce a low quality score on the derived route, so the original route pops up first in searches and list. If you want your derived route to get a higher score, you can request this following the procedure explained here.
There are two main reasons:
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