Finding a safe route to ride your bike is
set to be easier than ever as cycling routes are made available on UK Google Maps for the first
time today at 5pm [Wednesday 11 July], following collaboration between charity Sustrans and
In a ground-breaking move for cyclists
and would-be cyclists, National Cycle Network routes across the UK can now be navigated online
using a new bicycle symbol on Google Maps, alongside the options of driving, public transport
Cyclists can now plan their trips, make
use of bike lanes, calculate cycle-friendly routes that avoid big hills and customise the map
for cycling on smart phones and computers.
The development follows news of the
biggest ever increase in use of National Cycle Network – the nationwide system of off-road cycle
paths and quiet streets for safe cycling – in 2011.
marking the occasion with the release of new video, 'Lucy's Cycling Treasure Hunt', heralding
the online mapping as a new beginning. View the video HERE.
Sustrans' Chief Executive, Malcolm
"Safety is the number one concern for
people who want to ride their bikes and now it's easier than ever to find the safest way to get
from a to b on two wheels.
"Google has given cycling equal status to
driving and using public transport – we need our politicians and local councils to do the
Ed Parsons, geospatial technologist at
Google UK said:
"We know how popular cycling is in London
and the rest of the UK, especially ahead of a busy summer, which is why we are thrilled to bring
cycling directions to Google Maps.
"Thanks to Sustrans, we now have
thousands of miles of trails and routes, as well as bike lanes and recommended streets for
cities across the country.
to add new trail information and urge commuters to swap their car for a bike as they can now
find a convenient route that makes use of dedicated bike tracks and avoid hills whenever