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Google Maps adds bike directions and routes

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  March 11, 2010 11:44 AM

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    Google Maps, which offered how-to-get-there directions for autos, public transit, and walking, has just added a service for bicycles. Right now the service is limited to 150 cities across the nation -- including Boston -- and it appears to be in beta. But still.

      The new system works just like the others. You fill in your start and end points and Google then offers you a recommended route, along with a series of other possible trails, lanes,and recommended roads along your way. So you could map out your own alternative route or make a change midtrip.

       Possible paths are color coded: dark green indicates a bike-only trail; light green for a dedicated lane along a road; and dashed lines for a suggested preferred road that doesn't have a dedicated lane.

    Check it out.

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