If you happen to be one of the 57 million Americans who ride a bike on a regular basis, you were probably just as excited as I was when Google announced the addition of biking directions to the already popular Google Maps.
If you bike anything like me, this additional application will help with a regular daily ride to the grocery store, church or riding with my son’s bike trailer. Then new application includes integrated bike lanes, bike friendly roads, trails and greenways. Google also built in its own power-exertion calculator, avoiding any and all “unreasonable degrees of exertion.”
Care to take a ride from our office in Greenville, SC to eat lunch in Travelers Rest, SC? Google maps will place you on a 30 minute ride along a Vardry Street bike lane (designed by SW+A), to a gracious 14′ travel lane on Augusta, to a bike lane on River Street (designed by SW+A) and finally to the Swamp Rabbit Trail (designed by SW+A).
Anyone up for a ride to San Francisco? It’s only 10 days, 19 hours of straight biking! Not only is bike riding good for the environment, it’s also good for your health and well-being. Google Map your way to a more environmentally-friendly and healthy lifestyle today.
Post by Richard Sanders of SW+A