Bike feature added to googlemaps

March 16th, 2010 BY dalgal | No Comments

We all know that public transport is better than using personal cars but we also know that pedal power or walking is even better. Whenever we want to know the directions anywhere we always go to googlemaps it’s fast and convenient way of finding directions and has great options for terrain. We’ve been tracking our bike rides and dog walks using their mapping feature, but now when we’re searching for directions we can simply choose walking/cycling as an option and googlemaps is meant to find the optimal way to reach your destination, googles blog indicates that:

we (google) wanted to include as much bike trail data as possible, provide
efficient routes, allow riders to customize their trip, make use of
bike lanes, calculate rider-friendly routes that avoid big hills and
customize the look of the map for cycling to encourage folks to hop on
their bikes.

We’ve also added information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads directly onto the map. This can help you get a better sense of your route, or let you find trails nearby for a recreational ride. When you’re zoomed into a city, click on the “More” button at the top of the map to turn on the “Bicyclingā€¯ layer. You’ll see three types of lines appear on the map:

  • Dark green indicates a dedicated bike-only trail;
  • Light green indicates a dedicated bike lane along a road;
  • Dashed green indicates roads that are designated as preferred for bicycling, but without dedicated lanes

This is a great leap forward for google, and cyclists everywhere. Many cyclists (me included) prefer to avoid busy roads, especially at peak hours, and google maps allows us to amend the route accordingly. Or if we decide to stop off at a sightseeing spot we can change that online too by clicking and dragging the route to include the destination. One thing I love about google is you can check it online via any smartphone and it’s great if you get lost out on a ride! As long as you have cellphone service obviously.

All in all a step (or cycle) in the right direction!

Image Source: GoogleBlog