Google Maps: Bicycle Routes and Directions

May 17, 2010

Google Maps recently introduced a bicycle routes and directions component to its online maps. You can now view designated bike routes and bike-only paths. There are a lot more than you might think! More significantly, you can also get directions along the most bike-friendly corridors, which usually differ substantially from recommended driving routes.

To check it out: Select the Bicycling box under “More:” on any Google Map page. Here’s all the details on how it works from Google press release: Grab Your Bike and Go with Google Maps This new service currently only covers major metropolitan areas, including every major city in the Northeast. As an example, here’s a neat Philadelphia overview.

Of course it is not possible to completely factor in local knowledge that may affect route selection, which is why there is a reporting tool link at the bottom of each map that enables users to share their feedback on incorrect (or less-desired) route recommendations.

Bike on!

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.