Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Biking Directions in Google Maps

At the National Bike Summit taking place in Washington, D.C. this week, Google and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy have announced a partnership to add a new feature in Google Maps: Bicycling Directions!

While viewing a map in Chicago (and many other places), hover your mouse over the "More" tab near the top-right section of the map window and check the Bicycling box to see bike lanes (there is also a layer to see public transit routes).  When getting directions, you can now show routes by bicycle, walking, public transit, and car!

Bicycle and walking directions are still in beta, so proceed with caution when following.  Be sure to watch the video to understand how to choose your route, and edit if necessary.

What do you think?  Will this encourage you to ride a bike in the city more? For the readers that have experience riding in the city, are the route directions accurate?  Let us know in the comments.

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