Google has recently updated Google Maps with an option to find bicycling directions, lanes, and routes. Although some major cities have physical maps with bicycling routes, it’s usually pretty tough for cyclists to find safe routes in unfamiliar territory or on long distance journeys, so this latest Google Maps update is a blessing.
The update 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
Google encourages bikers to send feedback and route information for inclusion via the “Report a Problem” tool. Will this latest update make for more cyclists and less cars on the street? Well… probably not, but it’s a nice thought. Check out the official announcement for more information.