Google Maps now include Biking Directions

Google Biking Directions

Internet giant Google has launched a new 'biking directions' feature to its online mapping service, making it easy to find safe cycling routes.

As part of the launch, there will be a new 'bicycling' layer to Google's maps. Selecting the bicycling layer option allows you to see all cycle routes - bike lanes, bike routes and trails - overlaid on the map.

Finding a route to ride is made easy. Simply select you start point and destination, then select 'bicycling' from the drop-down menu. A route is then calculated using bike lanes and trails wherever possible, and a journey time is given that takes account of hills and fatigue due to ride length.

If you don't like the route Google comes up with, you can click and drag the route line to adjust it.

Cycle routes appear as a blue line on maps and also in Google's innovative 'Street View' photographic mapping.

The big drawback for British users is that biking directions are only currently available in the US as the system undergoes beta testing (desktop computers only, too). Google has not indicated when the system will be added to UK mapping, or other locations in the world.

Google introduced the biking features as a result of user feedback - according to the company it was the most requested new feature by users.

External link: http://maps.google.com/biking

To find out more about what Biking Directions is all about, watch Google's video below...

 

 

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Nigel Wynn
Nigel Wynn

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.