Google has partnered with Rails-to-Trails (RTC), a nonprofit focused on creating a network of trails from former rail lines, to add a new feature to Google Maps- biking directions.
Google Maps has biking route details for more than 150 U.S. cities covering more than 12,000 miles of trails and bike lanes. Google said it wants to keep adding new trail information and wants feedback from riders via the “Report a Problem” tool.
The new feature allows Google Maps users to type their destination in to get directions for the best route for bicycling. Google said its algorithm is weighed to prefer routing on trails as opposed to open roads with traffic.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to make RTC’s extensive bike trail data available through Google Maps and Google Earth,” says Shannon Guymon, Product Manager for Google Maps.
“Bikers all over the country now will be able to explore new trails or find specific directions in their local community with just a few clicks of their mouse.”