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Old 02-26-08, 12:03 PM   #1
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google bike there petition

http://googlemapsbikethere.org/

I was a little dubious at first, but upon reading through it, I added my name.
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Old 02-26-08, 12:07 PM   #2
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www.viamichelin.com has a cycling option on their route finding software, it's pretty nice.
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so does Transport for London

http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/use..._TRIP_REQUEST2
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I just looked at viamichelin - it's useless in the US - it just shows non-highway routes. On a trial route I just tried, it didn't know anything about bike-specific trails, and routed me 2.5 miles out of the way on a 6 mile trip, putting me on very busy multilane roads rather than the much shorter pathway option.

I'd love to see this but honestly, I don't think there are electronic versions of those maps around for them to buy. They'd have to open up an interface for the public to put in the maps. I'd be willing to do it for my surrounding towns; they public maps on their websites, I'd be willing to go up to a google map based interface and draw the bike -only connectors in.
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Old 02-26-08, 02:13 PM   #5
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I just looked at viamichelin - it's useless in the US - it just shows non-highway routes. On a trial route I just tried, it didn't know anything about bike-specific trails, and routed me 2.5 miles out of the way on a 6 mile trip, putting me on very busy multilane roads rather than the much shorter pathway option.

I'd love to see this but honestly, I don't think there are electronic versions of those maps around for them to buy. They'd have to open up an interface for the public to put in the maps. I'd be willing to do it for my surrounding towns; they public maps on their websites, I'd be willing to go up to a google map based interface and draw the bike -only connectors in.
Right, there's no database for Google to buy. The good thing is that Google has an open interface; if a cyclist had the interest and the skill, he could build a Google maps based site where people put in their cycling routes, and put all that info into a database that was used to recommend routes to others. I've seen sites that come close but don't quite have that functionality.

In any event, petitioning Google isn't the answer when they provide open access to their tools. If someone wants it bad enough...build it!
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Old 06-12-08, 08:03 AM   #6
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RidetheCity.com just launched this week for New Yorkers. It is essentially the missing "Bike There" feature for Google Maps. Their blog says it is a work in progress, but it looks great already. You can choose from Safest Route / Safe Route / Direct Route, and it even color codes for bike lanes, greenways, etc.
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Bike Metro is a great bike route mapping site for Southern CA. http://www.bikemetro.com/home/home.asp
It gives you additional route options such as: Hill Tolerance, Skill Level, Include Public Transportation.
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