Google has now enabled “biking directions” in Google Maps for Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. This make it easy to find nearby trails for a recreational ride.
The feature now shows information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads directly to the map.
Regardless of the scope of your trip, roads and paths suitable for a bicycle are available by switching on the biking directions legend.
And when you click on the widget at the top right of the map, it turn on the “Bicycling” layer.
Google notes that for the new biking path, “in some countries it has worked with partner organisations,” while in others, “users have added hundreds of kilometers of biking paths through Google Mapmaker.”
Here is how it works?
“Say, you live in Hamburg and want to head over from yor house in the suburbs to a tournament. On your Android phone, just ask Google Maps for the directions to the stadium. Google Maps will return a route that avoids busy streets and uses suitable bike paths,” google explains.
Time estimates for the route will be based on a complex set of variables accounting for the type of road, terrain and turns over the course of my ride.
In addition, you will also be able to turn by turn Navigation for your bike.
And, “when you plug earphones into your phone, you switch over to Navigation, Google Maps guide you through the city – just as from the car,” google explains.