Finally, Google Maps Gives Walking Directions

| 7/22/2008 5:05:45 PM

Tags: technology, Google, maps, Gizmodo, xkcd,

For the car-deprived among us (like me), Google Maps was once a frustrating application. Getting directions involved being directed down highways and making rough time estimations based on how long a trip would take in a car. As if they knew what I was thinking (and maybe they do...) Google has begun offering walking directions on Google Maps. Now I know that it would take approximately 17 days for me to walk from Minneapolis to Manhattan. Maybe now I can stop agonizing over the best route on the way to the office every morning.

(Thanks, Gizmodo.)

7/26/2008 9:52:42 PM

Another shout out here for bike routes. Especially this time of year when college students are beginning to arrive in new cities and need some help in knowing the best ways to get around. With the price of gas as high as it is, more and more bikes will be used. (I realize more and more people are walking also but I'd still like to see bike routes.)

john rethorst
7/23/2008 8:32:45 PM

Bus routes would be nice.

7/23/2008 1:25:06 PM

This is such a great tool! I know they offered it on other Web sites for more specific cities (like New York), but it's great to know they offer it everywhere now! I agree with Lisa. It would be even better if they offered maps for bicyclists. But I guess it's a step in the right direction that matters the most :)

7/23/2008 9:48:49 AM

It's been a long time coming. Before this, I found using the "avoid highways" function helpful, though you would have to follow the same one-ways that cars were restricted to. Here's the next challenge--when is Google going to catalog bike paths and streets with bike lanes to help us plan bike routes? Until then, if anyone's looking for something local to the Twin Cities, it sound like Arise! Bookstore might be able to help... It has a local print atlas with bicycle routes. The online atlas uses Google Maps to pinpoint cool spots ("bakery," "free wi-fi," "gluten free"), though it doesn't include the bike routes: . -Lisa Gulya