Google Maps Adds Bike Directions

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Google Maps expanded on Tuesday to include bike route directions for the United States. According to Google, bike directions was the most requested feature by Google Maps users.

The biking directions include step-by-step instructions, highlighted bike trails and bike lanes, and bike-friendly roads. Routes are optimized to avoid hills, and stick to bicycle-friendly areas when possible.

Dark green lines indicate bike-only trails, light green lines highlight dedicated bike lanes along roadways, and dotted green lines show roads that don't offer bike lanes.

Google Maps already offers walking, driving and bus directions. Users can plot bike routes and directions on the Google Maps Web site via the More drop-down menu at the top of each map.

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3 Comments

Lee Dronick

I Googled bike directions and found this:

1. Straddle bike
2. Grasp handlebars
3. Rotate pedal to vertical
4. Kick off with one foot while pressing on top pedal with the other

Seriously though this feature could be handy.

Whinlatter

Does it work OK in the States? It’s seems to be a bit rubbish in the UK. Try searching around <a >Whinlatter</a>. It’s a major biking area so you would have thought it would be a little better!

Seb

Does it work OK in the States? It?s seems to be a bit rubbish in the UK. Try searching around Whinlatter. It?s a major biking area so you would have thought it would be a little better!

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