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.

News

AFP/Getty Images
October 21, 2014 | NPR · The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction found that despite U.S. counternarcotics efforts, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013.
 

AMC
October 21, 2014 | NPR · One Florida mom is calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us says the Breaking Bad toys are only meant for adults.
 

NPR
October 21, 2014 | NPR · In northern Iraq, Kurdish fighters have won back territory from the so-called Islamic State only to lose it again. ISIS is using a range of explosives, inflicting heavy Kurdish casualties.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of Scoop Marketing
October 21, 2014 | NPR · In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new boxed-set releases are aimed at Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.
 

Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
October 21, 2014 | NPR · Making Birdman “was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I’ve had,” Norton says. He also talks about why Anderson’s films are deep and getting royalties for the music on Death to Smoochy.
 

Washington City Paper
October 21, 2014 | NPR · If you’re sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It’s bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
October 21, 2014 | NPR · Will Oldham may guest in this new song from rustic songwriter Doug Paisley, but the star of “Until I Find You” is visual artist Heather Goodchild.
 

Courtesy of the artists
October 21, 2014 | NPR · This week on All Songs Considered: the reunion of a band very dear to our hearts, The Flaming Lips cover Sgt. Pepper’s and selections from NPR Music’s showcase during the CMJ music festival.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 21, 2014 | NPR · The D.C. instrumental rock band’s hefty track sends vibrations through the chest. Black Clouds’ melodies are tastefully driven through what’s surely a spaceship-console-worthy rack of effects pedals.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab