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Google Announces Additions to Biking Information in Google Maps
Google began adding U.S. biking directions to Google Maps in March 2010, and said it was eager to see the response from the cycling community. (Select “Bicycling” from the “more” dropdown menu on the map or click on the bicycle icon when asking for directions.) Through its partnership with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, it had detailed bike lane and trail information for 150 cities; and for the rest of the country, it recommended routes based on other data such as the size of the road, speed of traffic, and hill steepness. Through its “Report a problem” tool, any user can send corrections or recommend improvements, and receive notifications from Google when their report has been resolved.
The response from users was tremendous. According to a post in Google’s Lat Long Blog, more than 10,000 people submitted about 25,000 suggestions for improvements to the bike maps. With their help, Google has now added bike lane and trail data for an additional 80 cities since its initial launch.
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