Google Maps now features elevation profiles for cycling routes

by: J. Angelo RacomaMay 18, 2014

Cycling in the city

“Cycling is the new golf,” according to CNN Money. While biking has long been a combination of leisure activity, sport and a practical means to get around town, cycling has now turned into an event for business people to get together. According to The Economist, a growing number of city cycling clubs and corporate-sponsored charity bike rides are bringing together like-minded professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Whether you’re cycling for fun, as a challenge, to go around the city, or to mingle with fellow cyclists, you might be using apps like Google Maps to track your route. But even if Maps offers distance and time estimates, the map representation is usually only in 2D. Fortunately, with the latest Google Maps update, the navigation platform provides more than just directions and duration. The addition of elevation profiles will surely come as a benefit to cyclists, who can now better gauge the difficulty of their ride, particularly with steep inclines.

Maps Biking

The feature is yet to be announced, although it already supports 14 countries to date. Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden and the US. In essence, Google Maps will offer a graphical representation of hills and other obstacles. Maps will also show you how many feet you will need to climb or descent along your route.

Notably, Maps will not show any of these information or new graphics when the route is flat.It seems, however, that the feature is only available on the web for now and is not implemented on the mobile Maps app yet. But knowing how many of the exciting features on Google Maps come out as mobile-optimized ones, then elevation information is likely to come to Android and other mobile platforms in the near future.

  • Stu14nmUD64bit7″

    Oh how desperate I am for this feature, getting from the Pacific side of my city, to the lake side took ages to work out, it’s taken me years to realize, where the railway crossings are. Where the best tunnels are, where the best roads that hug the railways are, where the cycling tracks that used to be railway lines are, how to connect the trains and cycling tracks. I thought I was isolated by the hills, then walking, I noticed one thing connecting with another, short cuts, flat runs, so I got a bike and noticed more and more. I’ve learned about parks, with tables and chairs with roofs, bins, toilets, underpasses, pedestrian road bridges, Google Earth has helped, but sometimes I’ve come up against absolute clangers of hills, they look so straight, but they go up at 45%, you’ll be experimenting and suddenly, you’ll see a connect, that leads to another connection.Train stations that used to be impossible, that get elevators, on the buses, they take you up and down hills, for the punters, so you don’t see roads, tunnels, bridges, that a century ago, dozens of men died building, in order to cleave the hills open. If your a disabled old man, you cannot afford a car, a bike supports your weight, you can get the rust out of your joints, without grinding them, you can carry an esky, full of cold food and drink, in the baskets, use it as a walking frame and trolley, if the inclines aren’t too steep.

  • disqus

    It’s seems France is also in the party

  • Andrew White

    Thankyou Google!!