Wednesday, March 10, 2010

google maps biking directions

{Thanks to Ryan for the shared link from his reader!}

I like maps. No. I LOVE maps. Shall we take a road trip? I'll navigate. Want to go running? I'll map out the route (and distance, and elevation if possible). Want to go on a bike ride? You get the point...

I also love Google Maps. It's my BFF (you know, along with the rest of my BFFs). But now Google Maps is more than just a BFF. I now have a map-crush. Google Maps now has an option for mapping out bike routes. Hurray!

I tested it out and routed my bike ride from home to work. It gave me 2 options: the route I already use (go me!) and another possibility along Bol Park Bike Path in Palo Alto. How cool is that? It actually utilizes bike paths!

Too fun. Give it a try. When you type in the addresses, be sure to choose "bicycling" from the drop-down menu.

In fact, just look up any route near your house and all the designated bike routes and bike paths in your area show up in green. So cool.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hq=http://maps.google.com/help/maps/directions/biking/mapplet.kml&ie=UTF8&ll=37.687624,-122.319717&spn=0.346132,0.727158&z=11&lci=bike&dirflg=b&f=d&utm_campaign=en&utm_medium=mapshpp&utm_source=en-mapshpp-na-us-gns-bd

5 comments:

Ashley C. said...

Nice! I always wondered where I could catch the Los Gatos Creek trail from my house!

Braden and Cheri said...

Mine only shows car, public transit, and walking...?

Molly said...

Hmmmm. Cheri--Try this link: http://maps.google.com/maps?hq=http://maps.google.com/help/maps/directions/biking/mapplet.kml&ie=UTF8&ll=37.687624,-122.319717&spn=0.346132,0.727158&z=11&lci=bike&dirflg=b&f=d&utm_campaign=en&utm_medium=mapshpp&utm_source=en-mapshpp-na-us-gns-bd

Molly said...

Sorry. I'll post that. Looks like it split the link.

Julianne said...

Thanks, Molly. I need this!