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Break out the Bikes! Google's Got the Map

March 10, 2010

The sweetest thing about spring – beyond the allergies and April downpours – is getting back on the old two-wheeler again.
Having spent winter in a dark garage, my bike is ready to go as soon as the temps hit 60 for more than two days in a row.  
What else is ready to go? Google Maps’ new biking directions! I just saw the 5 a.m. newsflash on Google’s blog. The Internet search giant is adding biking directions as well as extensive bike trail data to Google Maps – starting today!

And as today just so happens to be my birthday, I find this news extra awesome.
According to a company blog posting, a special team at Google “has been keeping close tabs on all the public support for biking directions that’s been steadily coming in, but we knew that when we added the feature, we wanted to do it right: we wanted to 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. So that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

To find biking directions, select “Bicycling” from the drop-down menu when you do a directions search.

Marisa Torrieri is a unified communications Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to unified communications's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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