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Google Announces Plan for “Bike There” Option

The Google Trike was spotted on the South Side Trail, Pittsburgh, over the summerIn a post on the Google Earth and Maps team blog, the ubiquitous company revealed plans to add the long awaited “Bike There” option to their maps.

They say that by integrating this [new] information, and working with specialized data sources like the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Boundaries and the US Geological Survey’s National Hydrography Dataset, we’ve been able to expand and improve features in our maps like parks and water bodies.

Read more at www.Bike-PGH.org.

9 Comments

  1. AndreasOctober 11, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Interesting.. I recently discussed CycleStreets and other route finding websites which kind of a perform this role already. Of course having Google onboard is always good. Though a website such as walkit.com would for me be the most ideal. This website really takes the time to explain the best route.

  2. RaiynOctober 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    About bloody time! :D

  3. sumadisOctober 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    goo goo would do well to check this

    http://www.cyclevancouver.ubc.ca/

    which is the bad-ass effort put up by the Uni. kids in Vancouver that helps me get everywhere I go in that burg while on assignment for the next 3 months.

    the features are awesome – allowing you to determine route based on criteria like elevation, shortest, least pollution, most greenery, etc.

  4. Ghost RiderOctober 12, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Bravo! It’s been a long time coming…

  5. KevinOctober 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    For SF Riders this is already interfaced with google maps on the backend: http://amarpai.com/bikemap/bikemap.html

    NY Riders: http://www.ridethecity.org/

    I’m totes happy about this new feature from google, but while SF and NY riders wait, use those.

  6. Upcoming Google Maps ‘Bike There’ OptionOctober 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm

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  7. AllanOctober 14, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Cyclists in the Twin Cities also have a wonderful routing utility out there for this called Cyclopath: http://cyclopath.org

    The major difference between Cyclopath and all the other route-finding maps out there is that it follows a wiki model. That is, the cyclists that use it can also edit the actual map itself to keep the rest of the community up-to-date on roads that have closed or have construction, trails that as blocked off, etc. It’s pretty nifty.

  8. MartinOctober 16, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    @allan
    > The major difference between Cyclopath and all the other route-finding maps out there is that it follows a wiki model

    That’s also true of http://www.CycleStreets.net (UK only though) as it is based on http://www.OpenStreetMap.org which is effectively a geo-wiki. CycleStreets imports the data every few days so that new infrastructure or map fixes will be reflected in routing quickly.

  9. Allan W. TraphaganOctober 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    any new additives to maps are welcome.

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