Bike lanes may not be coming to Toronto streets, but they are coming to Google Maps
Torontonians will soon find a new bike feature added to the popular Google Maps site, which will allow users to plan out bike-friendly routes with the service’s trademark take-it-with-a-grain-of-salt reliability. Users in most major Canadian cities—namely, Ottawa, Gatineau, Waterloo, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna and, of course, Toronto (no Montreal, apparently)—will be able to select routes of bike trails and bike lane-equipped roads. Canadian cyclists who do not live in those cities will have to settle for highlighting of routes with low traffic volume instead.
Curious cyclists can check out the service on the maps of some American cities in advance of the Canadian version’s launch later in the week. Fortuitous timing, really, as Toronto’s city hall prepares for a hard right turn. For the foreseeable future, at least, Google won’t have to put too much effort into keeping up with Toronto’s plethora of new bike lanes.