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Old 03-11-10, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Capt_Sensible View Post
Not available at all in Canada, or at least Vancouver.
It's only available for 150 US cities.
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Old 03-11-10, 10:35 AM
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It has some quirks in either the maps or the algorithm.

In rural areas it seems to pick a lot of gravel roads rather than using low traffic state routes. There were a couple of odd cases where, when roads intersected, it avoided the intersection by zigzagging thru residential neighborhoods. It was as if it didn't like to route thru the stop light. In both the city and burbs it does a lot of zigzagging on and off of perfectly good roads, including some with bike lanes.

Also, it is missing two of the longest, bike paths in the state ... the 60 mile I&M Canal and the 60 mile Hennepin Canal ... but that is part of being a beta version

On the plus side, it did show me how to cut 10 miles off of a 50 mile trip I make 3 or 4 times a year.

I see it as a useful tool in addition to but not instead of state bike route maps.

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Old 03-11-10, 10:38 AM
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Am I the only one that can't get the bicycling check box to show up in firefox? Works fine for me in IE, but firefox shows nothing at all. Weird.
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Old 03-11-10, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by bizzz111 View Post
Am I the only one that can't get the bicycling check box to show up in firefox? Works fine for me in IE, but firefox shows nothing at all. Weird.
Which version of Firefox are you using? I got it to work just fine.
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Old 03-11-10, 11:07 AM
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I logged in for a route to work, and it hit the unlit trails, ignoring streets with wide bike lanes. It also routed around a major thoroughfare with gigantic bike lanes for a two lane road with less than standard width lanes.
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Old 03-11-10, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
Cager-inspired bicycle directions, in other words.

-Kurt
Well, they're "bicycling directions" doesn't it make sense bikers might like routes that avoid hills and traffic? If not, they could just follow directions intended for motorists (as long as they don't include paths that simply don't allow bicycle traffic).
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Old 03-12-10, 10:50 AM
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I tried the same route twice. Once it ignored the MUP and went right for a high speed, high traffic route that is a lot longer, eventually coming back to the MUP. Second time it went to a busy business district, longer, and coming back to the ignored MUP for the last few miles. Another route went through a private dirt farm road. Obviously needs feedback and more work.
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Old 03-13-10, 08:00 AM
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I've had relatively good luck with it so far in the orlando area, the main issues are that google doesn't keep up with the (suprisingly fast moving) construction along two of our major roads so it suggested I try to ride my bike on a narrower than usual, two lane, no lighting, forest on one side and torn up ground and construction on the other, 4-6ft drop off the side in places, no shoulder, pothole filled hell-road. On the other side of some houses just a bit to the west there's a nice clean residential road that goes almost all the way I need to and bypasses all of that, google completely missed it. Well, nobody is perfect.

The bright side is it's also a (READABLE!) map of all the local non-road trails. It turns out Orlando's got a suprising number of very nice trails that even have water stops and benches periodically in addition to better paving than half the roads.
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Old 03-13-10, 09:18 AM
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I think it still has some bugs.

I had it map from the Fairfield/Suisun Amtrak station to my house in Davis. Not only did it route me through Travis AFB (not a big problem for me, since I have a military ID), but it had me enter the base through a gate that is normally closed and exit by hopping the fence the out by the runway near the firing range where there isn't even a gate.
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