Cycle Routes added to Google Maps

Posted - July 11, 2012

Cycling took a big step into the mainstream today with global giant Google adding cycle routes to its leading online route finder.

The journey planner has been available to US based cycle commuters since 2010, and now cyclists in the UK will also benefit from turn-by-turn guidance to assist on cycle to work journeys and recreational rides.

The bike journey option joins the public transport, walking and driving options. Google's bike routing service is now called 'Bicycling'.

Ed Parsons, of Google UKsaid: "We know how popular cycling is in London and the rest of the UK, which is why we are thrilled to bring cycling directions to Google Maps.

"Thanks to Sustrans, we now have thousands of miles of trails and routes, as well as bike lanes and recommended streets for cities across the country. We'll continue to add new trail information and urge commuters to swap their car for a bike as they can now find a convenient route that makes use of dedicated bike tracks and avoid hills whenever possible."

Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, said: "Google has given cycling equal status to driving and using public transport - we need our politicians and local councils to do the same."

The introduction of the 'Bicycling' option on Google Maps is another aid to those commuters who would like to leave their cars at home and use a bike to cycle to work. With the london Olympics now just over 3 weeks away, it's a timely addition to the site, and hopefully will help London workers to avoid the inevitable delays on public transport during the Games.

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