Get your helmets on! Google is adding cycling directions to Maps within Australia, letting you plot the best route from A to B on your trust bike and incorporating known cycle paths.
When searching for directions, you can now select cycling along with the familiar driving and walking options. You can also view a cycling layer to see bike paths in an area (dark green for cycling paths, light green for dedicated cycling lanes on roads, and dashed green for recommended roads) — just mouse over the layers icon in the top right and ensure ‘Bicycling’ is selected.
As regular readers know, I won’t be happy until Google Maps also adds public transport directions for every Australian capital city (Perth and Adelaide residents can feel smug here). But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a great addition.
Ride on! Cycling comes to Google Maps in Australia [Google Australia Blog]