Google adds bike lane with latest mapping feature

In a move that could prove useful for many college students, Google Inc. is adding bicycling maps and directions to its free Google Maps service, reports the Associated Press. The new bicycling directions, available as of March 10, supplement the guidance already provided to motorists and pedestrians. The biking directions initially will be available only for the United States. Google spent the past six months tweaking its mapping service so it could recommend routes that would steer bicyclists away from big hills and heavily congested streets. The feature can be used to pinpoint bicycling trails in more than 150 cities. Bike directions already have been available on some smaller web sites, but Google is the first major internet mapping service provider to add the option…

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