Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Google Helping the Cycling World

Here is a little tid bit that I got from our friend Velo Fred...

Google (NSDQ:GOOG) has added biking directions, bike lanes and bike trail data for 150 U.S. cities to Google Maps, the online search giant announced Wednesday.
The new feature helps bikers determine the best, most efficient bike routes and allows riders to customize their trip, according to a posting on Google's Web si...te. The feature makes use of bike lanes and dedicated bike trails where they are available and calculates "rider-friendly" routes that avoid big hills.

Users select "Bicycling" from the drop-down menu when doing a directions search. Maps customized for bikers show dedicated bike lanes along roads (outlined in light green) and roads designated as preferred for biking (dashed green lines), but without dedicated lanes, according to product manager Shannon Guymon. Time estimates for bike routes are based on "a complex set of variables" such as type of road, terrain and the number of turns.

The maps also show 12,000 miles of bike-only trails, information generated through Google's partnership with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
More information can be found at Google said it's seeking feedback on the new service and input from local bikers on route information for inclusion in the service.

Below is a link for a ride that a few of us are doing soon. Starting at the Mothership, The Jewel of Rancho Santa Margarita, and on down to San Diego.
Great tool to use on your rides!

View Larger Map">

No comments:

Post a Comment