MapQuest dev blog has announced that MapQuest a bicycle route can associate with data from OpenStreetMap. Before you get too excited, there's nowhere still on MapQuest, where you can search for bike directions, but it can mean that, you are one step closer submitted by a user friendly way assign a bicycle route, the real information using real people.
[W] e will guide you on paths that are not vehicle accessible and also try won't let you do anything illegal, like riding on a motorway:) on a more serious, the following list contains some specific rules that are applied to bike routes:Avoids streets, where bicycle access in OpenStreetMap to FalseAvoids is restricted access set certain HighwaysFavors bike paths (road sections, the bike have access only - no car or pedestrian) favors walkways with no car AccessApplies, different weights, roads on the basis of the [maximum speed a street] (e.g. routes favours where [the maximum speed is less than] 30 mph)
The blog is silent on when (or if) this is a feature on MapQuest geworden.Aber which means that it, that is in the hands of the right software geek (and mapping geeks are the intended readers of MapQuest dev blog) this information can be used to generate bike-friendly directions now.
So, MapQuest, why wait?Other articles on bike route mapping: