Google Maps Adds Bike-Friendly Directions
I have a lot of friends who are both big bicycling enthusiasts and tech aficionados, so this news item will be of particular interest to them. Google has added a bicycle directions option to its popular Google Maps application. The new biking directions work exactly the same way as searching for directions by car – just select the “by bicycle” option in the drop-down menu under your destination. Google Maps will then calculate a route along bike paths, streets with bike lanes or bike-friendly roads. By default, it will try to steer you away from steep hills or busy streets.
Google Bike Maps is still in beta, but already has more than 150 cities’ data in place. Pair this program with a Google phone, and you’ve got a do-it-yourself GPS for your bike!
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