Two Wheels Good
If you're a cyclist, then it makes sense to be able to navigate the easiest and most bike-friendly way from A to B. When you're in a new place, however, this can be tricky - the unfamiliar streets and, of course, not knowing what the optimum route might be.
Luckily for those of a cycling disposition, Google's biking directions have now gone into beta - giving you the opportunity to get the best routes around town. However, since the cycle routes are still only at beta stage, Google is urging users to ensure they make use of the service with caution, and to report unmapped bike routes as well as streets that aren't suited to cycling.
This new Google Maps function is likely to prove popular, and with the leading search company's always commercial focus, it could bring opportunities to cycling-friendly local businesses too. By adding the Google biking directions gadget to websites, local business can help visitors find them by bike, or highlight local cycle routes.
Helpful as well as promoting ecological transport, Google's biking directions could potentially encourage more people to get cycling - while also providing easy-to-use data highlighting the most cycling-friendly areas of the various countries it covers.