Good news for all of you mapping/GPS enthusiasts. Google Maps has released cycling routes in beta for maps in Adelaide.
They've posted the news on their blog just today:
For those looking simply to browse the map, just click the ‘bicycling’ layer on the top right. You'll see three types of lines appear on the map:
Dark green indicates a dedicated cycle path
Light green indicates a dedicated cycle lane along a road
Dashed green indicates roads that are designated as preferred for cycling, but without dedicated lanes
We'll continue to add new cycling lanes over time. And since cycling directions is still in beta, we encourage riders to send feedback and route information for inclusion by clicking on the report a problem link.
excellent! i have seen the bike routes on Garmin connect
Nice to see an overall picture of things.
There are some majors missing though. I notice the SOB is missing on the northern expressway. Amy Gillet bikeway?
Yes love Google maps and now makes planning routes much easier..
It says you can report problems to them, as the song goes 'things can only get better' :-)
This is pretty exciting - have been waiting for this for a while.
However... Big lolwut for directions for me from work > home. It sends me up though waterfall gully, over the top of Mt Lofty Summit > down through Mt Lofty Gardens... surely this'll require a mountain bike hmmmm!
with google maps you can click on the route line and push it to another road. If you want to go around a hill for instance
But if it doesn't recognise the place that you drag to as a cycling route (or driving, or walking, as appropriate), it will park the point somewhere else, and give ridiculous directions.
This is awesome! So stoked to see this, finally.
Edit: It advised one to ride up Flagstaff Hill... good luck with that :P
It would need to be a lot better than the walking-route directions to be of much use. In the walking directions, there are glaring omissions, which can result in "directions" several kilometres astray. Still, most of them get fixed eventually if someone points out the error/omission.
I use www.runningfreeonline.com to plan my routes, as it allows freehand/point-to-point routing if required, to overcome the deficiencies in the underlying Google mapping.
I quite like "Ride with GPS"
Is there a Navman handlebar mount? :P
Great news!!! :-)