Google Unveils Newest Map For Bicyclists

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Google Inc. is adding a bike lane with its latest online mapping option. The Internet giant tweaked the service so it could recommend routes that would steer bicyclists away from big hills and heavily congested streets.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Google today unveils its newest map service for bicyclers. To create its virtual bike lanes, Google partnered with an organization dedicated to getting people out of their cars, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The maps offer directions that help cyclists avoid freeways, crowded intersections and hills. The estimated travel time is based on the average pedal powers, so serious cyclists ought to get there a lot faster.

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