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RTC Teams with Google for Biking Directions

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is proud to announce its partnership with Google™ as an official content provider for Google Maps’ brand-new biking directions functionality.

The release of this long-awaited feature allows Google Maps users to type in their destination and receive directions for the best bicycling route. Previously, Google was able to provide walking, driving or transit directions. Now, RTC is providing its extensive trail-map data to Google Maps for the seamless integration of safe, accessible and fun bicycling routes into daily travel.

See for yourself. This Google Gadget, below, demonstrates a cycling route from Arlington, Va., to RTC’s National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.—via the Custis Trail and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trail. Just click “Go.”



For months, the blogosphere was buzzing with speculation about the release, which has cyclists and active transportation advocates rejoicing.

This morning’s announcement is already receiving national media attention. Earlier today, it was picked up by NPR’s Morning Edition, including a nice mention of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Check it out: Google Unveils Newest Map for Cyclists : NPR

Happy Trails!


Posted Wed, Mar 10 2010 9:37 AM by Todd Christopher (RTC)
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Comments

Walt wrote re: RTC Teams with Google for Biking Directions
on Wed, Mar 10 2010 12:10 PM

This is working pretty well - it uses the footpath on the Wilson Bridge, and in rural areas it uses parallel roads to the main highways (though only about half of those available).  Very good first version.

Suzette wrote re: RTC Teams with Google for Biking Directions
on Thu, Mar 11 2010 2:26 PM

This is great - I plan on using the directions to get to work tomorrow morning.

Marilyn Walker wrote re: RTC Teams with Google for Biking Directions
on Fri, Mar 12 2010 4:35 PM

I don't understand the symbols:  dotted green lines vs solid green lines?  What is the symbol for bicycle lanes on a street?  I looked at familiar streets (even in street view) and cannot discern what the green lines are supposed to tell me.

Response from RTC: Dark green lines are trails, light green lines are bike lanes and dotted lanes are designated bike-friendly routes. A video explaining how to use bicycle directions on Google Maps can be found on their website.

Gary Cziko wrote re: RTC Teams with Google for Biking Directions
on Sat, Mar 13 2010 6:22 PM

This is great news. But using bikes for transportation goes far beyond bike paths. We have spent a lot of time and effort in Champaign-Urbana (IL) finding the best routes for bikes to create or C-U Area Bicycle Map. How do we get information about bike lanes and bike-friendly streets into Google Maps? Currently, the routes it is suggesting are not close to being the best.

Response from RTC: To report a problem or provide a suggestion to Google Maps, right-click on the map and select "Report a Problem" or click the "Report a Problem" button in the lower right-hand corner of the map.

Jones wrote re: RTC Teams with Google for Biking Directions
on Tue, Mar 23 2010 12:36 PM

Google's "terms of service" won't allow you to export your directions to a GPS, so other than creating dead tree cue sheets which end up littering the trail, the service is hopelessly hamstrung.

Note from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: The latest release of our trail-finding site, www.TrailLink.com, allows you to download GPX data for each mapped trail. Give it a try!

Chrys Schwinden wrote re: RTC Teams with Google for Biking Directions
on Tue, Apr 6 2010 9:51 PM

I am VERY disappointed that rails-to-trails conservancy opted to partner with a corporate giant like Google Maps rather than a small cottage industry that provides excellent biking directions, such as Ride the City.  I will not renew my membership in rails-to-trails because of that decision.

Dale wrote re: RTC Teams with Google for Biking Directions
on Mon, Jun 25 2012 7:38 AM

How can I find a map of the whole trail in one state. I would like to plan trip from one side of the state to the other in sections according to the time I have.I only find places where I have to state where I want to start and where I want to go. I have no idea since I don't know where the rtc is.I have heard that it runs all the way across Michigan.

Any help with this would be appreciated.

Jake Lynch wrote re: RTC Teams with Google for Biking Directions
on Mon, Jun 25 2012 8:49 AM

Gday Dale,

sounds like our free trail-finder website, www.traillink.com, is what you are after. You can search for trails by state, and use the map view to see where you can go. Zoom in and click on a particular trail for more detail. Hope this does the trick for you. Jake.

 

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