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I often use transit directions to get around, but sometimes I'd rather run five minutes to catch up to a bus instead of waiting where I am for 15 minutes for the next bus.

Google Maps transit directions seem to assume a foot speed of about 10 minutes per km (16 minutes per mile).

Does anyone know how I would go about customizing this speed so that I can get to my destinations as fast as possible? I have some programming experience so I could use their APIs if necessary. I just don't know where to start.

The Austin Public Transit website allows you to specify slow, medium, or fast walking speed. I'd like to do something similar, but all over instead of just in Austin.

I've looked at the Google Directions API but it doesn't seem to have any sort of speed variable.

EDIT: Apparently Google uses variable speed, so a direct input of speed wouldn't be possible, but it would be nice if I could tell Google Maps transit directions to take their calculated walking time and cut it in half, for example.

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Maybe if someone knows a way to do this, they may also know how to do the exact same thing for bicycle directions! –  panhandel Sep 12 '13 at 1:59

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it looks like Google uses actually variable speed so they left users without option to change it.

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Interesting! The question still stands though. See my edit. –  interrobang Dec 4 '13 at 18:22
I'm not sure whether using SE as product feedback (see "it would be nice if I could") for Google is any kind of good idea. –  silpol Dec 7 '13 at 9:19
I agree. And that's not what I'm doing. I'm just asking if anyone has been able to accomplish this. Maybe the speed can't be set but the time can be fudged. –  interrobang Dec 9 '13 at 5:00

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