go by bike with Google maps

Google maps has finally added “Bicycling” to its list of options for directions! I punched in the addresses for my apartment and campus to give the system a quick test “ride.” Sure enough, it generated a route utilizing the Kiwanis Bike Path and Michigan Ave. Nicely done. Take a look.

The system is in beta mode at present, and Google invites users to report unmapped bike routes, streets that aren’t suited for cycling, and other problems.

I strongly recommend readers make use of this feature. MapMyRide is an excellent tool, but it can be limited in certain respects. Perhaps most frustrating for riders in our area is that it doesn’t indicate whether a particular road is paved, much less take into account how busy a road may be. Moreover, it’s focus is clearly on sport and fitness rather than transportation.

Using the Google Maps “Bicycling” directions feature, especially in conjunction with a tool like Clif Bar’s 2 Mile Challenge, will eliminate a major obstacle in utilitarian cycling.

Big thanks to EcoVelo for posting this news.

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2 responses to “go by bike with Google maps

  1. Wow – what a great feature! Been looking at maps to try to figure the best way to commute to work and Google has done all the work for me. What a great resource this will be.

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