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Going for a Bike Ride in Chicago? Google It!

March 10, 2010

Google Maps is now two-wheeler friendly.

Starting today, the Web-based mapping system will offer a bicycling feature that can be used to find bike trails, on-street bike lanes and bike-friendly roads.

Now you can find safe bike trails through Google Maps.

Google partnered up with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., to find information on paths in all 50 states and 150 cities.

The Chicago area has more than 200 miles of bikeways.

The technology reportedly provides the easiest route possible and steers cyclists away from congested streets and big hills. A Street View allows riders to get GPS directions and view the width of bike lanes. Local Search provides information on local bike shops and places bikers can take a break.

Google Maps also provides an estimate on how long a route can take. Then a biker can try to beat it.

Company officials say they are working on a mobile app for smartphones.

Check out www.maps.google.com/biking and happy trails!

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