MapQuest Bike Directions: Answers from the Inside | Commute by Bike


Steve sent me a link for a Google Maps bike route he was trying to map. I couldn’t open it. Steve wasn’t too pleased with Google Maps bicycle feature and didn’t know you can’t save a bike route map yet. I told him I didn’t think I’d trust Googles bike routes without a second opinion from a local.

Now it seems MapQuest is entering the bike route mapping business with a user-driven approach. They start with a different set of base maps than Google uses and they encourage you to actually go in to modify them sort of like a wiki.

The effort is not ready for full implementation just yet but if you’d like to learn more, check out this blog.–Corrie


MapQuest announced its bicycle routes project on the MapQuest DevBlog in early November, and we’ve been following the reports closely to learn more about this new source for cycling-specific directions. For now, the usefulness of the MapQuest bike routing API is limited to the more tech-savvy cycling enthusiasts.  But the new platform that is being developed as an offshoot of MapQuest’s Open Direction API has the potential to offer more accurate, user-driven directions than other previously released programs.

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