Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New: Google Maps Shows Bike Layer...

And at least in Salem, it might not be ready for prime time.

Market, Marion, Center, and State are all shown with dotted green lines - all very busy roads without bike lanes!

Google will be announcing it tomorrow at the National Bike Summit. More later!

From the google blog:
We've also added information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads directly onto the map. This can help you get a better sense of your route, or let you find trails nearby for a recreational ride. When you're zoomed into a city, click on the "More" button at the top of the map to turn on the "Bicycling” layer. You'll see three types of lines appear on the map:

* Dark green indicates a dedicated bike-only trail;
* Light green indicates a dedicated bike lane along a road;
* Dashed green indicates roads that are designated as preferred for bicycling, but without dedicated lanes
Needless to say, these stretches of Market, Marion, Center, and State should not be "designated as preferred." We'll find out the data source and how/what might have been interpolated.

Update 2
At the National Bike Summit, Bikeportland has a great little interview with the folks at google. Still working on the exact source of Salem-area data...

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