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Petition: Add 'Bike There' to Google Maps

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A bike activist has collected more than 35,000 signatures on an online petition asking Google to add a "Bike There" feature to its popular online maps application.

In February, Austin cyclist Peter Smith launched a website, Google Maps 'Bike There,' to promote a petition requesting that Google allow users to search for safe bicycle routes along with driving routes.

Mr. Smith asks that the feature take into account bicycle lanes from the area being mapped. The text of the petition says that such a feature would:

* 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.
* Help Google realize its core mission of "organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful."

Google Maps currently offers a "Take Public Transit" option for a number of cities in the United States and around the world (but not Boston, for some reason). Smith envisions that the link to "Bike There" would sit next to the transit link.

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