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Be heard: Convince Google Maps to help bike commuters

by Commute by Bike

Google Maps is a great tool for finding your way from point A to point B. When you’re looking for directions you have options to “Drive There” and “Take Public Transit”. The problem is, it’s not very bike friendly.

I’ve done a how to before on finding a bike route, however there’s a petition going at www.googlemapsbikethere.org to have Google Maps add a “Bike There” option:

Help us show the Google Maps team that we really really want the ability to get bicycle route information via the main Google Maps interface. We can get driving directions for cars, we get can wonderful mass transit information, and now we want the ultimate in sustainability and self-reliance and exercise and healthy living – bicycle route information.

So take 30 seconds and go sign the petition. This would be a great tool for bike commuers!

Google Maps Bike There

 
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7 Responses to “Be heard: Convince Google Maps to help bike commuters”

  1. Johnson says:

    Google Maps is already working on this. Google will be adding biking as an option, just like transit is now on Google Maps, for 200 US cities in Summer 2008, with the goal of eventually having every city in the world covered.

  2. Michael says:

    What’s wrong with the “Avoid Highways” check box?

  3. Tim Grahl says:

    Well first off, the avoid highways box doesn’t always work. When I tried to use it in my hometown I was still pointed to the highway for my route.

    Also, it doesn’t take into account bike paths.

    If google actually cataloged and let you search with bike paths it would be a huge improvement.

  4. I was frustrated enough with this problem that last week I created a greasemonkey script (http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/23246) to add this functionality. There are a couple BIG caveats. It only works for Portland, OR. It uses the bycycle.org site for the directions (launches a new window). And it requires Greasemonkey (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748) on Firefox. But, it works.

  5. Mark says:

    This is a great idea! I have signed and will point folks there as I can. I live in an area with a great trail system, (Twin Cities, MN) where I have commuted to three different employers from three different locations almost all on trails but Google maps didn’t help since the trails are not shown.

    As for the “Avoid Highways” check box, I think Google means “Avoid Interstates” which is a step in the right direction but it does offer completely impossible bike routes including 65 Mph highways with no shoulder.

  6. bikesgonewild says:

    …tim, you should make sure this article is recycled before it roles off the bottom into the archives…the list has doubled since i signed several days ago but methinks google’s gonna wanna see bigger numbers before they commit…

    …? to the #6 poster:::have you ever noticed how some individual’s or company’s advertising is annoying enough that you make a mental note to never buy or use that product ???…really ???…

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