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Digital Maps & Directions for Bike Riders

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in bicycles, bike maps and directions, digital maps | 0 comments

Digital Maps & Directions for Bike Riders

If you’re directionally challenged, you know how helpful online maps and directions can be in guiding you from here to there. Of course, the route you want will depend on your mode of travel: walking directions will differ from public transit directions, which will differ from driving directions. And, if you’re taking off on two wheels, there are bicycle directions too: pointing the way to bike lanes, bike trails, and low-traffic roads.

In 2010 Google Maps developed special maps and directions for cyclists in the U.S. and Canada.

In 2012, they added biking directions around 14  European countries (including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK) and Australia.

And now, in 2013, they’ve added maps and directions for six more European countries, including Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

Whether you’re using the new bike-share program in New York City or throwing on your helmet and taking off somewhere else around the world, it’s good to know where you’re going. To get bike-friendly directions from Google Maps, just select the cyclist icon from the list of routing modes. This YouTube video shows how:

Read more about bike maps and directions in the links below:


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If you’re directionally challenged you need Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant.


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