New Yorkers Can Now Find the Best Bike Routes Online

<p>A new web site that generates directions for cyclists could supplant the New York City Bike Map.</p>
June 11, 2008, 9am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"On Sunday, three enterprising cyclists launched 'Ride the City,' a web site that finds the safest and most efficient routes for those on two wheels. Here's how it works:"

"'The concept is pretty simple. Just like MapQuest, Google, Microsoft, and other mapping programs, Ride the City finds the shortest distance between two points. But there are two major differences. First, RTC excludes roads that aren't meant for biking, like the BQE and the Queens Midtown tunnel. Second, RTC tries to locate routes that maximize the use of bike lanes and greenways.'"

"Once your route is determined, the mapping software provides directions and displays bike shops along the way. Though perfectly functional, Ride the City is still in the testing phase. Its creators are looking for feedback to help improve route selection, and plan to add functionality, like locating bike parking facilities, in the future."

Thanks to Ben Fried

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Published on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 in Streetsblog
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