APP WATCH: Google Maps to add biking information

Google has just announced the addition of biking directions for Google Maps to be initially used via a desktop computer but a mobile version is currently in the works. The addition includes step-by-step biking directions, bike trails and bike-friendly roads featuring different colours for different bike roads/trails.


Google has partnered with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organisation that creates networks of trails from former rail lines, to provide information on bike trails in more than 150 cities.


Rails-to-Trails President Keith Laughlin said, “The addition of biking directions to Google Maps makes life easier for bikers, whether they are commuting to work or biking for fun and it can introduce our network of trails to a whole new audience of cyclists-to-be.”


Visit to try out this new feature. Biking directions for Google Maps is currently in Beta and currently only available for US users – other countries are expected to follow later.


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