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Google to map Toronto’s Bikelanes

Big news for map lovers today!  Google Maps has announced that it will be mapping out the bikelanes of 8 Canadian Cities (including Toronto):

The online information giant announced Monday that it is introducing a Bike Directions feature to its popular Google Maps site, allowing users to highlight bike-friendly trails and roads across most major Canadian cities.

Google spokeswoman Wendy Rozeluk said the feature will be available countrywide, but more detailed route info will be available for nine major cities that shared their bike trail data with the company. The cities are Toronto, Ottawa, Gatineau, Que., Waterloo, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Kelowna, B.C. [The Star]

This is really fantastic news.  BikingToronto was the first one to map out Toronto’s Bikelanes almost 5 years ago… so we’re glad Google is finally catching up. :)  Just kidding… their information resources are tremendous… and this can only do great things for biking in Toronto.

  • annied

    It will also be a cool tool to compare bike paths across different Canadian cities…

  • google map rules is very practice.

  • Great news!

    I can’t wait to test out the functionality; see if it’s friendly for user generated route mapping, sharing.

  • Brenda

    I hope they consult real routes and not the official Toronto bike map. They better not be telling people they can cross Mount Pleasant on Roxborough and get into David Balfour park.

  • Jo

    Looking forward to seeing how this can be integrated with the Transit routemaps…
    Possibly connecting the dots for greater us of VERY underused TTC Bus Bike Racks !

    http://thumbshift.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/bikes-on-buses-are-a-pr-bust/

    Just Sayin


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