[Talk-ca] Fwd: [gvcc-members] Google Goes Bike with Directions

Sam Vekemans acrosscanadatrails at gmail.com
Wed Mar 10 08:30:09 GMT 2010


But you cant print Google Maps in Books, nor can you create custom Garmin
Maps & Iphone apps with the data ... or print mugs. Or create custom
renderings or extract data from it.
Nor can you edit the map & add more details.

Nor can you create customs tourist maps (ie. Wiki-Travel) & maposmatic
...walking-papers or do anything else creative with the data.

Yup, sites like www.bikemap.net www.wikiloc.com www.gpsies.com all show the
OpenCycleMap layer & people keep donating their GPS tracks :-)

So yup, we'll always have the edge :0)


P.S. no i havent contacted the Bike League

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Date: Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 9:45 PM
Subject: [gvcc-members] Google Goes Bike with Directions
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  *Google Announces Google Biking Directions at the
League of American Bicyclists'
2010 National Bike Summit *

*Washington, D.C. **-** March 10, 2010 **-* The League of American
Bicyclists is proud to be the forum for Google to announce what all bike
riders have been waiting for - Grab Your Bike and Go with Google Maps.
Google is announcing at the Opening Plenary Session at the National Bike
they are adding biking directions in the U.S. to Google Maps."This new tool
will open people's eyes to the possibility and practicality of hopping on a
bike and riding," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American
Bicyclists. "We know people want to ride more, and we know it's good for
people and communities when they do ride more - this makes it possible. It
is a game-changer, especially for those short trips that are the most

Users can now choose biking when deciding how to get to their destination,
starting today, March 10, 2010. If you're one of the 57 million Americans
who ride a bike, mapping your daily commute, and planning recreational or
trail rides just became easier. According to Google this has been the most
requested addition to Google Maps, and the League is delighted that they
have chosen the National Bike Summit to unveil this new feature. Google's
announcement further proves the importance of the Summit and the bicycle
movement in helping our nation become a more Bicycle Friendly
The Google biking directions will make it that much easier for bicyclists to
get to work, school or play.

This new feature includes: step-by-step bicycling directions; bike trails
outlined directly on the map; and a new "Bicycling" layer that indicates
bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly roads. The directions feature
provides step-by-step, bike-specific routing suggestions - similar to the
directions provided by our driving, walking, or public transit modes. Simply
enter a start point and destination and select "Bicycling" from the
drop-down menu. You will receive a route that is optimized for cycling,
taking advantage of bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly streets and
avoiding hilly terrain whenever possible.

Visit http://maps.google.com/biking<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103167038569&s=6360&e=001pYbKTip6NGUMp5vvnnFtNxTAw4z-60rI9dIaf05UbwoX2sWcgGqwvUEpohGlo-nDsUxrf_4-N5-KDfk07e3KJLyY0ZoGLI67L274FNWyEyofMaSkXUYHlA==>to
try out this new feature. Biking directions for Google Maps is
in Beta. Follow the League's news feed on the new Google feature on
the League's
If you have any further questions, contact Meghan Cahill at 202.822.1333 or
meghan at bikeleague.org.

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