Google maps: Avoid highways

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Thursday, May 24, 2007
By Yokota Fritz

Last March I compared the route finding capabilities of and MapQuest, both of which provide an "avoid highways" option on their map sites.

Like the similar services from Ask and MapQuest, Google Maps is unaware of pedestrian and cyclist facilities like bridges and paths, but unlike the Ask map service, Google is unaware of where pedestrians are banned from. For example, walkers are prohibited from stretches of the San Tomas Expressway in Santa Clara County, California, but Google will happily route you along that expressway for your drive from Campbell to Santa Clara.

Visit Google maps if you want to play with this option.

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An "avoid wicked-steep hills" option would also be good, since the "avoid highways" option puts a route I tried over one of the most bike-unfriendly and steep climbs in Portland.
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