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Invert route (via the RoutePage)

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Why to invert a route

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.

How to invert a route

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 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

Invert route

  1. Select the Edit-button above the RouteProfile. From the menu, select "Invert the route". You need a MyRouteYou Plus or higher to have this function.
  2. RouteYou inverts the route for you: it takes into account one way streets and is also flipping the sequence of the POIs you see along the route. This might take 1/2 minute or less (depending how busy it is on the platform).
  3. The endresult is a NEW route (the old one still exists, and you have the link to the original route available in the description). Your inverted route is ready to use for print, download, send to your friends, edit...


What happens with the original route and how can I find it back?

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).

My inverted route has a longer/shorter distance then the original. Why is that?

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.

Can you do this with a route of somebody else?

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.

I don't want others to use my route to make a derived route. How can I do this?

You can keep your route private. Read here how to do this.

Why does the derived route get a lower score?

There are two main reasons:





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