Today, Google Inc. announced that its Google Maps services will include safe bike paths in 150 American cities. The new service is in response to the overwhelming demand from bike enthusiasts calling for paths on Google Maps forums, including group called GoogleMapsBikeThereNow.org collected more than 51,000 signatures asking for bike paths. The new and improved Google Maps will be available for the first time at the National Bike Summit in Washington and then used at a group bike at SXSW in Austin, TX.
Google Inc. has been a strong advocate for clean technology and has offered services that give consumers more power to make ethical and environmentally conscious decisions. Hopefully this new service will inspire more people to bike rather drive. As the article above suggests, more people would probably consider biking if they new of safer routes. I also would like to add that this service could put pressure on cities to increase their number of bike lanes.
A world with less cars on the road is a world I want to know, so let’s hope Google Maps’ new bike path plan is a hit!