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Google Launches New Way to Find Bicycling Trails

April 03, 2010 | 32,280 views

There's nothing worse if you're a bicyclist and you suddenly find yourself a mile into a two-mile stretch of shoulder-less, busy, highway-speed traffic with no alternative route. So Google has added bicycling directions, lanes and routes to Google Maps.

The new feature also includes a "Bicycling Layer," which shows bike paths and bike-friendly streets with or without lanes:

  • Dark green indicates a dedicated bike-only trail
  • Light green indicates a dedicated bike lane along a road
  • Dashed green indicates roads that are designated as preferred for bicycling, but without dedicated lanes

According to Google, it has also taken steps to avoid uphill and long downhill routes, busy roads and even busy intersections.

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