Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Google Walking Directions

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Google Walking Directions

Reply

Old 07-30-08, 07:39 PM
  #1  
aidanpryde18
Full of Love and Meatloaf
Thread Starter
 
aidanpryde18's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 176
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Google Walking Directions

I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but I just got added to the Google Walking Directions Beta test.

It was not perfect, but the directions provided were a lot closer to a good bike route than the old standard directions google provided. I had to do a lot less route changing to get a good commute route.

I think this is currently only being rolled out to current google users. So if you want the chance to try it, sign up for some google service that requires a login, and you just might get lucky.

Just a heads up for anyone who hasn't heard of this yet.
aidanpryde18 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-08, 07:48 PM
  #2  
trevorbikes
Hey, that's me!
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 23
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow! That's really cool. I just looked it up now.

In case anyone wants to walk from New York to San Francisco: Here's a map for you!
trevorbikes is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-08, 07:51 PM
  #3  
shubonker
danke
 
shubonker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: nyc
Posts: 822
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by trevorbikes View Post
Wow! That's really cool. I just looked it up now.

In case anyone wants to walk from New York to San Francisco: Here's a map for you!

I think i'll pass on that offer, but thanks.
shubonker is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-08, 08:07 PM
  #4  
Rob_E
Senior Member
 
Rob_E's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 2,481

Bikes: Surly World Troller, Downtube 8H

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 217 Post(s)
I haven't tried it, but I did hear one thing that you will want to keep in mind: Because it's for walking, Google doesn't pay attention to direction on one-way streets. It's probably not an issue a lot of the time, but it's something to keep in mind if you're using it an area that has one-way streets because it may send you against traffic.
Rob_E is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-08, 08:15 PM
  #5  
markhr
POWERCRANK addict
 
markhr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: North Acton, West London, UK
Posts: 3,783
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=445672

I think mapquest have decided to do something similar too.
__________________
shameless POWERCRANK plug
Recommended reading for all cyclists - Cyclecraft - Effective Cycling
Condor Cycles - quite possibly the best bike shop in London
Don't run red lights, wear a helmet, use hand signals, get some cycle lights(front and rear) and, FFS, don't run red lights!
markhr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-08, 09:12 PM
  #6  
aidanpryde18
Full of Love and Meatloaf
Thread Starter
 
aidanpryde18's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 176
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yes, the inital route that it gives you won't be perfect, but it seems like it requires much less route changing than with driving directions. Just the simple fact that it automatically avoids interstates is a huge boon.

The only problem that I found in my area is that there are some parks that it will bypass because it doesn't have the walking paths in the system. Hopefully they will have some sort of submission program for this.

Also, if they can do this, it doesn't seem like it would be a lot of extra coding to get a biking algorithm in place.
aidanpryde18 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service