Google bike maps for Toronto launched in beta sometime earlier this afternoon, and I’ve been toying around with the route planner for the last half hour or so in an effort to evaluate its effectiveness. Unfortunately, based on this short little test, I can only give this initial version mixed reviews.
From the standpoint of route suggestions, it seems most things are in order — not only did I agree with almost all of Google’s recommendations, I was surprised by the sophistication of some of the alternatives to riding along busy streets it came up with.
To use the Bike Directions – make sure you go to http://maps.google.com (.ca does not seem to have the feature yet) and hit the “get directions” link. You should then see little icons of a car, a subway train, a pedestrian, and a bike.