Yesterday, Google announced it had added a new biking feature to Google Maps. When a user needs directions for getting from Point A to Point B, they can now select ‘Bicycling’ in addition to ‘By Car’, ‘Walking’, and ‘By Public Transit’. From the Associated Press:
Google spent the past six months tweaking its mapping service so it could recommend routes that would steer bicyclists away from big hills and heavily congested streets.
You can see trails and bike lanes directly on the map, as well as drag and drop points to customize your route.
Here is a short video on how to use the new feature:
- From the Official Google Blog: Biking directions added to Google Maps
- The San Francisco Chronicle: Google adds bike lane with latest mapping feature