Google Maps now with bicycle-route planning


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Expanding the worth and appeal of its popular mapping tool beyond just motorists and pedestrians, search titan Google has this week begun adding dedicated bicycle routes to Google Maps.

Starting from today, Google Maps users looking to plan a leisurely bike ride in their spare time or perhaps simply avoid heavy traffic while commuting will be able to access trails and paths tailored specifically for pedal-powered transport. Users can even select routes that avoid calf-tearing hills.

“This has been a top-requested feature from Google Maps users for the last couple year,” outlined Shannon Guymon, product manager at Google, in a Wired report. “There are over 50,000 signatures on a petition.”

Although the new cycle path feature is only presently available in around 150 cities across the United States, Google has said it plans to steadily add more geographical content – much in the same way it does with other Google Maps features such as Street View.

Google has indicated that a Google Maps bike-route feature for mobile devices is already in the pipeline.

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