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    • CommentAuthorjockscum
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    • CommentAuthorwes m.
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    I tested it today. I was impressed by the routes it selected.
    • CommentAuthoreloteman
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    bout time!
    • CommentAuthorVama
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    how is it that they are differing from the walking maps? it would be cool to factor in grades.
    • CommentAuthorM0THER
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    YESSSS! I was actually talking about this with a friend yesterday.
    • CommentAuthorjockscum
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    Posted By: Vamahow is it that they are differing from the walking maps? it would be cool to factor in grades.


    If there is possible bike lanes it picks that, I think... I would like if google put on an explanation... anyone have anything on that?

    I was interested to see it didn't map me on main 35mph roads but instead on short cutting 25mph residential streets... kind of a nice ride to work today.
    • CommentAuthorVama
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    ahh, I see that it's supposed to avoid hilly sections as well. I did test it to see if it showed the wiggle in SF but it did not. at least it didn't tell me to ride right up haight tho!
    • CommentAuthorSL wheeler
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    I think it also limits the amount of busy intersections and stop lights.
    • CommentAuthorVama
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    nice. do they have a press release about it anywhere?
    • CommentAuthoreaglerock
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    The big question is: Will this be incorporated into all the services using the Google Map API? I've been using MapMyRide for nearly three years; it includes altitude/slope info, but it often doesn't follow bike paths that aren't full-on roads. The party line from MMR has always been that they use Google's API; if Google now respects bike paths, then all services using the API should do the same.

    More experiments are necessary...unfortunately, MMR doesn't map out startpoint-endpoint routes on its own, so I can check.
    • CommentAuthors3l1n4
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010
     
    cool!!
    • CommentAuthorwes m.
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2010 edited
     
    Posted By: eaglerockThe big question is: Will this be incorporated into all the services using the Google Map API? I've been usingMapMyRidefor nearly three years; it includes altitude/slope info, but it often doesn't follow bike paths that aren't full-on roads. The party line from MMR has always been that they use Google's API; if Google now respects bike paths, then all services using the API should do the same.

    More experiments are necessary...unfortunately, MMR doesn't map out startpoint-endpoint routes on its own, so I can check.


    MMR now follows the Los Gatos creek bike trail. It hadn't done this when I was on there a few months ago. Looks like MMR will be a huge beneficiary of googles new bike-friendliness.
    • CommentAuthorjburnha
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
     
    Yeah I dont know. I just checked my morning commute and I think I have tuned it in a bit better than The Google has: first it takes me on some pretty busy streets that normally I'll avoid, and the non-busy streets it takes me on there are numerous speed humps (which my ride/route avoids whenever I can) and thirdly, it suggests 30 minutes of travel time when it actually takes me 16 minutes (on the road bike) but I'll take that as a compliment, hah! ...This might be nice where/when its been tuned in but like other riders, we choose routes for very specific reasons (hell, there is a sewer grate that I avoid in a particular spot in the city because I don't want to breath in the waste-smell/germs!). Also, If I weren't in the midwest I could see how the complaint about grades and altitudes and whatnot apply...
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    Posted By: jburnhaYeah I dont know. I just checked my morning commute and I think I have tuned it in a bit better than The Google has: first it takes me on some pretty busy streets that normally I'll avoid, and the non-busy streets it takes me on there are numerous speed humps (which my ride/route avoids whenever I can) and thirdly, it suggests 30 minutes of travel time when it actually takes me 16 minutes (on the road bike) but I'll take that as a compliment, hah! ...This might be nice where/when its been tuned in but like other riders, we choose routes for very specific reasons (hell, there is a sewer grate that I avoid in a particular spot in the city because I don't want to breath in the waste-smell/germs!). Also, If I weren't in the midwest I could see how the complaint about grades and altitudes and whatnot apply...


    Yeah, I doubt Googles takes into consideration when mapping a route the number of speed bumps, busy streets (because that really depends on time of day), altitudes, and odd smells coming from sewer drains. Haha. Beggars can't be choosers.
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    Hopefully it will steer clear of dirt roads. I hate when I gmap something out and realize mid-ride one of the roads is dirt.
  3.  
    Ive been waiting for this! Woohoo
    • CommentAuthorowierjilin
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010
     
    pretty awesome.
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    That's great. I'll have to try it out. I've been using "Walking" for quite a while.
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    Ours is missing some new stuff that's gone in since last autumn. It's actually much more expansive now.

    But this is where I go!
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    Hmmm... well, I tested it, and it doesn't seem to work terribly well.

    I mapped the route I ride to work. When I ride, my bike computer (a cheapie wired one)says the route is 7.9 miles. Google maps had me take about 10 unnecessary turns and was 8.6 miles. Really, an extra 3/4 miles? What for?
 
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