While the comprehensive city bicycle routes and trails map is (fingers crossed) close to completion and due out sometime this spring, Google Maps has just added a not-entirely-comprehensive-yet-pretty-darn-good bicycling directions to their already excellent maps feature.

While we might take issue with some of the zig-zagging routes and points of entry and exit, the bicycling map function generally finds the route that will keep you off main roads and on trails as much as possible. Here’s what we got when we bicycle-mapped a route from the KRCC studios to Garden of the Gods.

The function doesn’t seem to have made it to iPhone yet, but if you’re looking for something portable and tangible with single-track, we recommend only the finest: The Pikes Peak Atlas (also available at independent mountaineering shops and bookstores).

 

2 Responses to Good News for Cyclists & Bike Commuters

  1. Matt H says:

    Commuter bicycling is an art, not a science. If you do it every day and try different routes in different conditions you won’t need an iphone to tell you how to do it. It can be a lot of fun. You arrive at work all reved up and ready to work. You come home all reved up and ready to do home chores. Tip of my helmet to fellow bike commuters. Put the phone away and ride.

  2. Noel Black says:

    Turns out Google did just release an app. As a bike commuter myself (my knees aren’t hurting), I appreciate your perspective as a commuter, Matt. But I think it’s a useful tool for checking a safe way to get to a location you don’t normally go via bike. And I’m not suggesting anyone would sit there riding with their phone out as a gps guide. Just a useful tool the could encourage more bicycling as transport in general, not just commuting OR recreation.

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