When the weather gets nice, I love riding my bike everywhere: to work, to meet friends, around the neighborhood. And I always feel a surge of excitement when I find a new, easier, or faster route to my destination. Now, it's going to get a whole lot easier. Today, Google announced it's added biking as a mode of transportation on Google Maps. The feature allows bikers to find the best, safest, and if you aren't looking for a major workout, least hilly route from point A to point B. I've used Google Maps in the past to plan running routes and even to figure out public transportation, so I'm pretty excited about this addition.
Travel time is calculated by the type of road you're riding on, the terrain, number of hills, and other bike-specific factors. Maps also include color-coded lines to show which trails are bike-only (dark green), which roads have designated bike lanes, and which roads are preferred for cycling but may not have designated lanes. To find biking directions in Google Maps, select "Bicycling" from the drop-down menu or visit maps.google.com/biking.