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Biking with Google

March 11, 2010
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Google Maps just added a bicycle directions feature that charts the way between two points avoiding hills and excessive traffic, so you get the flattest routes and the least busy intersections. It also tells you where the bike only trails are or where bikes lanes exist along side roads.

You can get directions by going to Google.com clicking on Maps , Get Directions, entering your locations and clicking the drop down window to choose Bicycling. Dark green lines on the map represent bike trails with no motor vehicles, light green lines show street with bike lanes, and dashed green lines show other streets recommended for cyclists. You can choose from several suggested routes or drag any point on the suggested route to create your own. You can also bring up an area on the map and click on More and then check bicycling to see the biking routes in that area.

eWeek reported that New York Post sent one of its reporters to test out Google’s biking directions in New York and it didn’t go well because Google overlooked “far safer Park Drive that loops through the park.” Google is still developing its parks data. So far a few hundred cities have been added but problems still exist. You can click on Report a Problem link to provide suggestions. To see a demo video go to maps.google.com/biking.

-by Noerah

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    March 16, 2010 5:51 am

    This is fantastic! I always used the transportation alternatives paper map….i used to stuff it in between my shirt and the waist belt on my backpack. disgusting, for sure!

    • March 16, 2010 7:37 am

      This is great if you live in the City. I am sure it will be a few months before Google biking can replace the paper maps since it still needs some work.

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