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Old 12-12-15, 06:58 AM
Walter S
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
That isn't true unless they have changed their algorithms. I have had them take me pretty far out of the way to hit a bike trail (not what I wanted). As far as the "best way", there isn't any such thing. One rider may want the most direct route another may be willing to go well out of their way for any number of reasons. One may be traffic tolerant another not. One may want paved roads only another may like gravel. So there isn't way of choosing will always result in the best route for everyone. Personally I usually choose a pretty direct route when possible, don't mind some traffic, don't particularly favor bike trails, and prefer good surfaces unless on a MTB back country tour.

Looking at google bike directions and their car "avoid highways" directions is a good place to start, but some checking is needed. That checking can often be done using street view.
I use the tomtom app on my phone. It plots great bicycle routes. But like you say, personal preferences and priorities shape what's the "best" route. I often look at the route and don't like it because although it might be direct, it spends too much time on big busy roads. So I can tell tomtom, "show me an alternative". Then the app plots another route, etc. Although it might seem a bit unscientific, I've learned to wait for the alternative that looks "reasonably" direct but has a fair amount of little zig zags on county/residential roads and then go with that. I usually find a quiet and scenic tour.

The app also has a road/POI database offline and plots offline too - no internet needed.
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