Bike Friendly Richardson

Google Maps Adds A Bicycling Filter

Posted in BFR Misc by dickdavid on March 10, 2010

Urban Velo reports that Google has now added “Bicycling” to their maps. Now you have an option to help you choose a bike route to your destinations.

On closer inspection of “bicycling” filter of Richardson, it looks to only show some bike trails. However, the coolest feature is when I map a route – it actually finds a safe option that mixes bike trails with low-traffic roads. What’s even cooler is they give you an option to give them feedback.

From Google:
Bicycling directions are in beta. Use caution and please report unmapped bike routes, streets that aren’t suited for cycling, and other problems.

Overall, they’ve succeeded in recognizing that there are alternate modes of transportation and routes that accommodate them. This type of innovation and progress is why I love Google Maps over the others.

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  1. Chris Curnutt said, on March 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Have you seen the Google bike trail map for Plano? It’s very extensive. I wonder how the heck they get that entered in the system? And how can we get it updated?

    • dickdavid said, on March 10, 2010 at 8:09 pm

      I saw Plano – nice. They seemed to have missed quite a few of the Richardson trails and I also wonder how to get those into their system.

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