Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Google Maps For Biking!!!

Google has finally added bike trails/routes to their map interface. Please click here to check out the routes near you!

Sign the petition here to show the importance of cycling as a mode of transportation.

There are many reasons why this feature is a wonderful edition to Google Maps. Among them, some of the most influential would be to:
* Make bicycling safer for millions of bicyclists around the world.
* Empower world citizens to better adapt their lifestyles to face the challenges of global climate change.
* Help Google realize its core mission of 'organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful.

1 comment:

  1. The addition of trails is incredibly valuable. The streetview and satellite information have long been a powerful tool for bike route planning as well. I've used those features with great enthusiasm for several years.

    But the new bike route feature leaves me cold.

    This morning a reader sent me a route it concocted for her, it was worse than awful. It routed her via narrow, 2-lane roads (roads I would avoid) to find short sections or trail. It routed her against traffic on an unenhanced sidewalk that it had listed as a bike path. Then treated her as a rolling ped through one of our worst intersections for peds, then sent her down a narrow shoulder on a 6-lane highway. After going out of its way to send her through a part of town with intolerant drivers just to piece together "bike facilities," it inexplicably dumped her into an extremely complex high-speed interchange with no facilities.

    I've run a couple other tests on it against my own routes (seeking an aggregate of the most comfortable roads possible). So far, I'm not impressed.

    Metroplan has a much better tool here:
    It doesn't make your routes for you, but it does give BLOS information.