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Linking L.A.: Google Maps adds bike routes for 150 cities, including Los Angeles

March 10, 2010 | 10:14 am
An example of the new bike route feature on Google Maps. credit: Google Maps

LinkingLA2 Google Maps has a new feature: bike routes. The service aims to help bikers navigate urban streets more easily and is now available in 150 cities around the country, including Los Angeles.

The routes automatically help bikers avoid steep hills and try to direct travelers to dedicated bike paths or streets that are bike-friendly. The service is not yet available on mobile devices like the iPhone or BlackBerry, but you can still plan a trip from a computer. Wired magazine has an inside scoop on the new tool:

Google kicked its bike-mapping effort into high gear in October when it started using improved datasets that provided more specific information about trails, street details and more granularity on college campuses. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy provided Google with information on 12,000 miles of bike trails nationwide, and the League of American Bicyclists helped gather data on bike lanes and so forth.

Read Wired's full story here, and check out the new map tool here.

Here are some other interesting L.A. items on the Web:

Public transit layoffs: Good magazine is reporting projected layoffs at public transportation agencies around the country, and California cities are leading the pack. Here is an excerpt:

Buses, trains, and subways are efficient and clean ways of moving people around. But unfortunately, state and federal funds are what keep these systems afloat, and they're drying up. As a result, so are public transportation jobs.

Senior (citizen) prom: The annual Senior Citizen Prom in San Pedro is just around the corner. The Daily Breeze reports:

It's that time of year again for the Senior Citizen Prom in San Pedro.

Kathy Carcamo's Leadership Class at San Pedro High School invites seniors to come eat, dance and enjoy themselves at the annual event.

New PETA office coming to Echo Park: After donating $2.5 million to the cause, Bob Barker is slated to appear at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Echo Park for the new PETA headquarters. The Eastsider LA reports:

The Eastsider reported last December that the animal rights group had purchased a former mattress showroom on Sunset Boulevard and planned to relocate 55 employees -- including some 40 members of its East Coast headquarters staff -- to the Echo Park building.

-- Anthony Pesce

Have some news for Linking L.A.? Contact Times reporter Anthony Pesce.

Image: An example of the new bike route feature on Google Maps. Credit: Google Maps

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