Friday, July 25, 2008

Bikes and Peds Seeking Google Maps

With the old gas-guzzler in the garage, you've got your bicycle ready and your sneakers laced up. Now all you need is a map of the quickest, safest routes for riding around town. Well, not so fast.

As more commuters consider ditching their cars to save money on gas, Internet mapping services, cities and community groups are being pushed to lay out the best routes for biking and walking — just like drivers have found online for years.

AP

4 comments:

Matt! said...

Great blog. My comment is unrelated to this post, but I thought you'd be interested in this car-free adventure we had here in Los Angeles: Mountain bike shuttle ride.
I imagine if you are unfamiliar with LA this probably seems totally improbable. That's what I love about LA!

browne said...

I tried google walks today. It worked great, but of course I was not going very far. It would be great in if the bus route via in Los Angeles through the So Cal Transportation website would automatically put in walking directions if public transit dropped you off more than half a mile from your destination.

But as of now if I need to walk or use my bike, I've been quite good at adjusting the driving directions via google or yahoo, though in downtown LA with all the one way streets...

Aaron Antrim said...

Google Transit incorporates walking directions. If LA Metro would hurry up and get on Google Transit then folks in LA could benefit from it.

Aaron Antrim said...

I've encouraged the League of American Bicyclists to get involved with this letter. A lot of folks discussed this issue at Where Camp this year -- transportation activists should come to Where Camp 2009!