Google Canada bike directions go live

(abridged CBC article )

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Cyclists in select Canadian cities can now get bike directions using Google Maps.

Bike directions can be requested by clicking on the bike icon in the “get directions” feature on the Google Maps website. As of Tuesday morning, the service was available for the following nine Canadian cities: Vancouver; Kelowna, B.C.; Edmonton; Calgary; Winnipeg; Waterloo, Ont.; Toronto; Ottawa; and Gatineau, Que. According to Google, those cities shared their data with the company.

By entering a starting location and destination, users can get one or more suggestions for recommended routes, which include on-road and off-road bike lanes, streets designated as bike routes and other roads that connect them. Like pedestrian, car and transit directions, bike directions come with the estimated time to complete the route, directions for where to turn with distances for each leg, and a map showing the recommended route.

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