Google has just announced the availability of biking directions for the desktop version of Google Maps, saying that it plans to add the new feature to the mobile version, too.
Google mentions that biking directions has been the most requested addition to Google Maps in the US (where there are 57 million bikers) and, well, now it’s available (only in the US).
The new feature provides step-by-step bicycling directions, trails to explore, and a Bicycling layer (which indicated not only bike trails and lanes, but also bike-friendly roads). The Bicycling layer uses colors to show three different kinds of paths: dark green for bike-only trail; light green for dedicated bike lanes along road; dotted green for roads without bike lanes, but which are appropriate for biking.
Google works with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to gather and provide info on bike trails in more than 150 US cities.
Until biking directions comes to Google Maps for mobile, you can watch a preview of the feature for desktop in the video below:
Via Press release
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