Google Maps has added a feature that can now give users “biking directions” upon request.  Before this update, users could only pull driving and walking directions.  The update takes into account road conditions and safety issues, but cautions that the feature is in a beta stage.  There is a link where users can report unmapped bike routes, streets that aren’t suited for cycling, and other problems.  Another cool aspect of the new biking directions feature is that multiple potential routes are given when appropriate, and the user can choose which they prefer.  To use this feature, go to Google Maps, click Get Directions, and choose Bicycling from the drop down menu.

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