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Google Maps Hack for Bicyclists

There’s a Google Maps hack designed specifically for routing bike rides and sharing the maps called Map My Ride. I fiddled with it for a short version of Great Googly Moogly (a 21-mile version I run late-season), and it’s pretty interesting. It allows for pretty easy routing and allows the addition of waypoint notes.

There’s a way to print a map with a cue sheet. They’re really literal with waypoints on the cue.

Even though Google Maps recognizes some trails (for instance, the Gateway State Trail), I’m finding this to work slightly better when you can create an all-road route, just because of the literalness of the cue.

Here’s the printer-friendly link, just to show the example: Googly! Note this will create a print prompt from your browser. Just say no, and you can see it anyway. For whatever reason, this view claims to be powered by Yahoo Maps.

Hm. I think I shall have to play with this a bit more. I’m baffled as to why the draw view is Google Maps and the print view is Yahoo Maps, and there’s some other oddities. On the other hand, it’s open-platform, unlike Delorme map softwares, which are Windows-only. As a Mac/Linux user, I have to prefer a web app.

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Author: julie

Julie Kosbab is an online marketing consultant and active transportation advocate living in Anoka County, Minnesota. She was one of Minnesota's only League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors when certified in 2005. She is a past member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association. She has 2 children and 4 bicycles. Find her on Twitter as @betweenstations.

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