Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ride the City


I was JUST blogging about google maps and bicycle path directions...

And, like magic - here it is! Type in your starting point and your destination and Ride the City will plot the best bicycle path for you! By their description it's "a website that helps you find the safest bike route between any two points in New York City."

They just launched the site this weekend and it's pretty amazing. You can choose to see the "safest route" a "safe route" or the "most direct route". Once you've plotted your route, there are easy buttons for finding the way back - and switching route types.

Alongside the directions, they give you cute little icons to show whether it's a bike lane or a place where you should exercise more caution. And to top it all off, the upper right hand corner of the window gives you the temp and an assesment of the quality of the weather for riding. Tonight is "73 and fair in New York City. A lovely night for a ride."

Go to Ride the City now and check it out!

2 comments:

Jordan said...

Hey Michael,

Thanks for your nice post about Ride the City and your feedback. I'll get on the misplaced bike shop tonight.

If you click the 'plus' on the map you can activate the bike shops layer on the main screen. You'll have to zoom in a little ways to do it.

Thanks again. Hope you keep checking back and sending us route suggestions.

Jordan

Michael said...

Thanks for coming by Jordan! I'm using Ride the City just about every few minutes - it's a really great tool - I'd encourage all my NYC readers to get on there and check it out!

And thanks for the tip on activating the bike shop layer!

For those who haven't checked it out, Ride the City has all the bike shops listed on the map as well - VERY smart!