Google Maps Boosts Mapping Data for Cyclists
MOUNTAIN VIEW, USA – Google announced the roll out of extensive bike directions on Google Maps in several European countries. Adding Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein to the mix, the web giant boosts mapping data for cyclists.
“Back in 2012, we added biking directions to our maps for a number of countries in Europe. It proved to be a very popular feature among cycling amateurs and enthusiasts,” Google product manager Kai Hansen wrote in a blog. “Like in other countries, we have added information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads directly to the map.”
Avoiding busy streets
Google has worked with partner organizations to map out the best and up-to-date bike routes and has added hundreds of kilometers of bike paths through Google Mapmaker. When users plug in A to B routes, the mapping program will show directions that avoid busy streets and makes the most of available bike paths. Google Maps also gives turn-by-turn navigation and shows the type of road surface, elevation, and auto traffic on its biking directions legend.
Debut in 2010
Google Maps debuted bike directions for much of the U.S. and Canada in 2010. It has since added in other countries around the world, including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.