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Old 03-12-10, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas
We teach it!

That's the importance of the feedback. If the system is smart enough to discriminate between residential streets and main thoroughfares, it's only a small leap to knowing about the shortcuts through parking lots. We just have to be on the ball and let the folks at Google know of all those bicycle only shortcuts and the sections of street that are deathzones.
I have to agree. I feel like this is what a lot of people were saying back when things like Mapquest and Google maps first started for cars (bad route, wrong way, etc.), and now look at where we are. The only way Google is going to learn is if we give them feedback on the stupid things they're doing (not all of them are cyclists ha ha) and make them be better at it. I say kudos for starting this kind of thing at all.
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Old 03-12-10, 12:03 PM
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Like any mapping tool, you still have to use your head.

Present version of this one is Beta. Give it feedback, as has already been mentioned.

Overall I think it's a good start.
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Old 03-12-10, 01:21 PM
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I think it's definitely a good start and I give props to Google for running out a beta version for test. I used it for a long commute from the San Fernando Valley to downtown Los Angeles today. It gave me three options, (one of which I usually take, but this version shaved about 3 miles off the distance), the turns were accurate and correctly marked for the most part, and it did route me off of high traffic streets, (which in Los Angeles occurs nearly every other block!). The mere fact that bike trails and streets with bike lanes are now identified is a big help. I'm sure that with time and feedback, a lot of the issues that other posters mentioned will be resolved.

Now if Google could just come up with an ap that fixes flats through a download to your iPhone, I'd be really impressed . . .
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