COVID-19 pushes Google Maps to get more bike-friendly

Read the full story at Grist.

Google Maps, the web mapping service, says app-based requests for bicycling directions have shot up 69 percent since February. Those requests may continue to rise as states reopen, compelling employees to find safe ways to get to their offices. But Google Maps doesn’t necessarily have a great track record when it comes to biking directions. In a popular blog post, a cyclist named Grant Holtes once said the service “sucks for cyclists,” explaining that Google Maps treats bikers like vehicles, often sending them onto a major highway like they would a Ford Fiesta.

But on Monday, the maps provider rolled out some updates to its biking directions that will allegedly make it easier and potentially less stressful for folks to get around on two wheels.

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