Greater City Providence

Google Bike Directions

Photo by Jef Nickerson

Today Google Maps launched bicycle directions for 150 American Cities, including Providence.

Currently, cycling maps are not embeddable, so I can’t show one here, but go here to see a map showing cycling directions from City Hall to Roger Williams Park. The bike layer shows off-road bikeways (such as the East Bay and Washington Secondary Bike Paths) as a solid green line. On street bike routes are shown with a green and grey dashed line. The maps of course are only as good as the data Google has. Broadway for example is marked as off-road. Likely because their are nebulous plans to put bike lanes on Broadway, they are not there yet though.

Via: The New York Times

Update: Streetsblog has an audio interview with Google Engineer Scott Shawcroft about the roll out of bike directions and Google’s future plans for it.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

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