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Online Petition Draft

February 23, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Uncategorized

OK, haven’t gotten any feedback on this, so here’s my first draft of the petition:

Request for Google Maps ‘Bike There’ Feature

To: Google, and Google Maps Team

We would like a ‘Bike There’ feature added to Google Maps - to go with the current ‘Drive There’ and ‘Take Public Transit’ options. The feature would take into account actual bicycle lane maps from the locality being mapped, and the feature would automatically plan a route for a bicyclist, possibly even providing the cyclist options for either the most direct route, or the most bicycle-friendly route. The Google Maps-based third party site, (, provides these features for two metro areas - Portland, Oregon and Madison, Wisconsin.

There are many reasons why this feature would be a wonderful edition to Google Maps, among them some of the most influential would be to:

  • Make bicycling safer for millions of bicyclists around the world.
  • Empower world citizens to better adapt their lifestyles to face the challenges of global climate change.
  • Go towards helping Google realize its core mission of ‘organizing the world’s information and making it universally accessible and useful.’

By implementing the ‘Take Public Transit’ option, Google and the Google Maps team have shown themselves to be concerned and capable world citizens; a ‘Bike There’ feature addition to Google Maps would be the ultimate statement in support of sustainable development.

For more information on this feature request please visit the Google Maps ‘Bike There’ website (

Thank you, Google!

…adding, I wanted the petition to be short and sweet, so this is a bit longer than I was shooting for. I don’t want to complicate things - I just want interested people - bicyclists and others - to be able to say, “Yes - I would fully support Google Maps adding a ‘Bike There’ feature - I think it would be a great idea.”

…changed ‘impactful’ to ‘influential’.

1 Comments to “Online Petition Draft”

  1. Peter Smith says:

    I’d like to add a line about all of the efforts going on all over the U.S. and the world to provide bicycle route services, not just to Google Maps, but to many existing mapping services.


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