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How do you tell if a road has a bike lane?

Old 05-02-15, 09:45 PM
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How do you tell if a road has a bike lane?

Hi,

Trying to plan some new routes. I live in CA but apart from using Google Maps (Sat view and zoomed in), how can you tell which roads have bike lanes and the type of bike lanes. Some cities have bike trail maps, but I'm talking about longer routes that are often in the city.


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In Google Maps, if you change the map display to Bicycling, the solid green line shows dedicated bike lanes. That being said, these 'bike lanes' vary greatly from an entire car width lane to little more than a 2' glorified shoulder.
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+1 on changing the Google map to bike view. The cycling directions aren't usually that great, but the maps themselves are a very good resource. The information is pretty accurate around here.

Some states have good maps on their DOT websites. CA is not one of those states. Looks like you have to find the local organization in your area, and those websites also vary in quality.
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Check the county bike map. Usually put out by county transportation agency. IIRC Santa Clara Co is a good one. They tend to be pretty good with the classes of bike trails/lanes.
The descriptions of Class 1, Class 2 etc will give you good clues.
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Originally Posted by Inpd View Post
Hi,

Trying to plan some new routes. I live in CA but apart from using Google Maps (Sat view and zoomed in), how can you tell which roads have bike lanes and the type of bike lanes. Some cities have bike trail maps, but I'm talking about longer routes that are often in the city.


Thx.
Use the Street View.

And switch to Bicycling Mode.


If this link works, you should see an image of one of the streets in Hobart, with a bit of a bicycle lane
https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-42....RJCg!2e0?hl=en
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ridewithgps.com
you can even upload the route to a garmin
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