courtesy of ‘Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie’
Today at the National Bike Summit going on at the Reagan Building, Google Maps announced it is now giving directions by bike.
The 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.
Time estimates for routes are based on an algorithm that takes into account variables such as the length of the route, the number of hills, and fatigue over time…maybe doughnuts eaten over the winter, too?
You can find it at http://maps.google.com/biking, or from the “get directions” drop-down menu.
‘camera bag on shoulder tripod’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99′
Kudos to Michael Perkins over at Greater Greater Washington: from his efforts and many, many other Metro riders, WMATA is finally going to release schedule and routing info into the open Google Transit Feed Specification format by March 23. They announced this last night at the DC Council oversight hearing for WMATA.
So in the end, this “punt” by Catoe and Co is actually better than the failed Google deal, as this allows anyone to use that data. Who knows, maybe we’ll see a Facebook application utilizing it in the future…