Google Maps adds biking directions

We were pretty jazzed when Google Maps added public transit directions for various cities around the world. Some of us don’t own cars (have you tried to park in Manhattan?) and we don’t always bother renting one when we travel. So, you can imagine our joy now that Google Maps has also added biking directions.

The biking directions help riders stick to dedicated trails and bike lanes, which keeps everyone safe. Google has more than 12,000 miles of trails included in its maps along with data on bike lanes and recommended streets for more than 150 cities thanks to its partnership with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Perhaps best of all, the biking directions seek to avoid hills. Though, if you want the inclines for exercise, you can always edit the directions just like you can the driving directions in Google Maps.

With Spring fast approaching and people beginning to get excited to once again resume outdoor activities, Google Maps biking directions are a fantastic addition to a travelers toolkit. That said, we don’t recommend you pull out your iPhone and attempt to access Google Maps while biking through traffic. for when you need a bike map

In a strange city and trying to keep it green (or looking for a great way to get around and see the sights)? has bike maps. Like, Mapquest-style.

Biking is a great (and cheap!) way to see almost any city — and also to get out of the city. If you visit MapMyRide’s “Search for Rides” tab, you can find all kinds of adventures to take on your bike, maybe even some in your own town you didn’t know about. Central Park to Bear Mountain Round trip, anyone?

Additionally, they’re currently running a competition in which you can win $1000s and great prizes, including a trip to France, and all you have to do is ride your bike!

Don’t forget you can rent bicycles for free in NYC through September 30th, 2009. Now get out there and enjoy the summer!