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Google Maps Adds Bicycling

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Urban Velo reports that Google has now added “Bicycling” to their maps. Now you have an option to help you choose a bike route to your destinations.

On closer inspection of “bicycling” filter of my local area, it looks to only show some bike trails. However, the coolest feature is when I map a route – it actually finds a safe option that mixes bike trails with low-traffic roads. What’s even cooler is they give you an option to give them feedback.

From Google:
Bicycling directions are in beta. Use caution and please report unmapped bike routes, streets that aren’t suited for cycling, and other problems.

Overall, they’ve succeeded in recognizing that there are alternate modes of transportation and routes that accommodate them. This type of innovation and progress is why I love Google Maps over the others.

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Written by dickdavid

March 10, 2010 at 8:45 am

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Richardson, Texas Bike Lanes

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I am a Richardson cyclist with over a year and a half of two-wheeled experience exploring of my home town. I thought I knew all the bike routes around here, until I discovered a new bike lane on Grove Road. This made me wonder if I was missing anything else. So I did a little research and found some information that local riders might find helpful.

Here is a map of the Richardson, Texas Bicycle Route Plan. It appears that Richardson has a pretty extensive plan for cyclists. There’s the bike lane that I took down Grove Road. It stretches between Arapaho and Continental. There is also another bike lane on Custer Road, between Renner Road and Campbell Road. There are planned bike lanes for Mimosa Drive, Waterview Drive, Lookout Drive, Collins Boulevard, Canyon Creek Drive, and Owens Boulevard (between two existing bike trails). I’ve noticed that there are several planned trails as well to connect with the existing ones.

These won’t cover the entire city, but at least they are planning on making many of the other roads “signed routes” which will hopefully help with bicycle awareness around here. It’s a good time to be a cyclist in my town.

If you want more, great information about the Richardson bike lanes and links to Plano, Frisco and Dallas plans, go here. Also, here’s a link to the Texas Transportation Code about bicycles.

Written by dickdavid

September 10, 2009 at 6:20 am