Somewhat (edit) dated news by now, Google added bicycling directions to google maps. I think this is great.
Google (NSDQ:GOOG) has added biking directions, bike lanes and bike trail data for 150 U.S. cities to Google Maps, the online search giant announced Wednesday.
The new feature helps bikers determine the best, most efficient bike routes and allows riders to customize their trip, according to a posting on Google’s Web site. The feature makes use of bike lanes and dedicated bike trails where they are available and calculates “rider-friendly” routes that avoid big hills.
Users select “Bicycling” from the drop-down menu when doing a directions search. Maps customized for bikers show dedicated bike lanes along roads (outlined in light green) and roads designated as preferred for biking (dashed green lines), but without dedicated lanes, according to product manager Shannon Guymon. Time estimates for bike routes are based on “a complex set of variables” such as type of road, terrain and the number of turns.
Read the rest: crn.com/software….