Google Maps is a handy-dandy little tool. It shows you maps of anywhere you want to go – in standard version, satellite images, and terrain maps, and you can find directions between two addresses, even saying “avoid highways” (which is useful to cyclists).
What it doesn’t have is a “Bike-Friendly” Option, but an online petition hopes to change that:
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The feature would take into account actual bicycle lanes from the locality being mapped, and it would automatically plan a route for a bicyclist, possibly even providing the cyclist options for either the most direct route, or the most bicycle-friendly (safest) route…
There are many reasons why this feature would be a wonderful edition to Google Maps. Among them, some of the most influential would be to:
- Make bicycling safer for millions of bicyclists around the world.
- Empower world citizens to better adapt their lifestyles to face the challenges of global climate change.
- Help Google realize its core mission of ‘organizing the world’s information and making it universally accessible and useful.’