Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Google Maps Now Includes Intelligent Bike Routes

Link to March 10 Mashable post.

"Intelligent" as in recommendations that include as much bike trail data as possible, provide efficient routes, allow riders to customize their trip, make use of bike lanes, calculate rider-friendly routes that avoid big hills and customize the look of the map for cycling to encourage folks to hop on their bikes.

But as a caveat notes.

These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly. You must obey all signs or notices regarding your route.

Retiring Guy used this feature to map a route from home to the WLA office. Not too much to quibble over, although he's not inclined to bike on E. Johnson St. He'd go around the Square and enter the bike path at E. Wilson and Blair streets. Anything to avoid motor traffic.

So, does mean a bike ride to get to and from the next LD&L meeting?

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