National Bike Summit – Google Announces Bike Routing

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National Bike Summit – Google Announces Bike Routing

national_bike_summit_2010Yesterday was the first day of the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC.  For those who haven’t heard yet,

The League of American Bicyclists is proud to be the forum for Google to announce what all bike riders have been waiting for – Grab Your Bike and Go with Google Maps.  Google is announcing at the Opening Plenary Session at the National Bike Summit that they are adding biking directions in the U.S. to Google Maps.

According to Google this has been the most requested addition to Google Maps. This new feature includes: step-by-step bicycling directions; bike trails outlined directly on the map; and a new “Bicycling” layer that indicates bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly roads.

You can visit http://maps.google.com/biking to try out this new feature.  As with all things Google, the biking directions for Google Maps is currently in Beta, but this doesn’t mean it’s not full featured!

2 thoughts on - National Bike Summit – Google Announces Bike Routing

  • Mar 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I tried out the bicycle directions on google maps this afternoon, to see how it would work. I had to go from Kennedy Plaza to the 1300 block of Mineral Springs Ave in NP. I had only been there once before, and the route I picked on my own worked pretty well: mostly on Charles St., but with a bit of a big up hill going up Mineral Springs. This afternoon, I went with google's suggestion and took Douglas Ave most of the way. Douglas is a little more narrow than Charles, but not too bad. The best part was at the end – I still had to go up the hill, of course, but Googlemaps directed me to back streets for that, and this route was less steep as well.

    I've been trying it out some more this evening, entering a few possible trips into the directions finder. It seems to be handling it okay. I hope to bike to Jamestown and/or Newport one of these days, so I tried entering that. Of course it directed me over the Newport bridge, which I'm pretty sure is forbidden for cyclists. (Jamestown Bridge is as well, right?). I would have been shocked if the step by step directions had said something like, "Dismount and wait for the XX bus to take over the bridge"

  • Labann
    Mar 11, 2010 at 4:59 am

    To get to Newport during the week (only, no weekends), a rack-n-ride bus picks you up at the park-n-lock stop on Route 1A at Rt. 138 and leaves you at Town Centre, Newport. Make sure you have a couple dollars in change, or forget it. The only alternative is to ride over the Mt. Hope Bridge in Bristol (which is very bumpy, narow and unpleasant) then choose one of several equally dangerous routes to your destination. There are some circuitous ways to thread the island's back roads including Burma and Middle Rd. All of them are somewhat hilly.

    I've routed many rides for people using Google set to "walking map", then tailor, then email to them. I know from an encyclopedic knowledge of RI where every dog and hill is. I've always said, "Climbing builds, coasting thrills." Hills do slow your ride, but fast smelly traffic clogs flats.