Google Maps is getting better for cyclists
Google Maps has not only introduced a completely new view, but also wants to support the mobility change. Although many people still drive their cars, according to Google, 40 percent more people worldwide are cycling. Accordingly, Google Maps is now even better adapted for this means of transport. The cycle route information is new, where you can compare different bike routes. So you can choose which route you prefer to take (source: Google).
Since Google also collects a lot of information from drivers, the cycle route is flat not only the elevation profile is displayed, but also the traffic to be expected. So if you want to come into contact with cars as little as possible on your bike, you can select the route based on precisely this characteristic. The detailed breakdown of the route is also new.
You get detailed information in Google Maps Information about the route, for example about the subsoil. As a racing cyclist, it is particularly important for me to know whether the route is paved or not. If you are on a mountain bike or gravel bike, you naturally prefer gravel.
This is how spectacular Google Maps looks now:
New Google Maps features coming soon
The new features for cyclists will be rolled out in hundreds of cities over the coming weeks. So you have to be patient. As with the new “Immersive View”, implementation shouldn’t be too long in coming. After all, we need the functions now that it’s still warm and people like to be out and about by bike. We will let you know when the features are rolled out.