Apr 21, 2011

Cycle Route Planner, Aerial and Languages

New Elevation chart and Aerial imagery!

New Elevation chart and Aerial imagery!

Anyone up for a bike ride today? Spring has sprung and it’s time to shed those bulky winter clothes and dust off the bicycles – road, mountain, and commuter! Need to plan where to go? We’ve got you covered with our new and improved bike route calculator, available now on our Open.MapQuest.* sites!

We’ve added elevation information to the bike route narrative and new “avoid” or “favor” routing options. For those cycling enthusiasts that like to keep on trails and paths as much as possible, we have that option, too: click on the drop-down for bicycle options and select your choice of favoring a route using paved streets or trails and paths. Favoring a path with hills is still available or you can choose to avoid hills — tailoring your trip based on your route and fitness level. Here’s a long bike route near Boulder, Colo., with lots of elevation gain that would be fun to ride! Or, maybe you prefer a shorter bike route in Denver, Colo.

Kimi and the MapQuest Cruiser Bike - ready to ride!

Kimi and the MapQuest Cruiser Bike!

Most of us feel bicycling is fun to do and keeps us healthy - getting exercise at your own pace while enjoying the great outdoors. Try biking to work a few times this week — notice the decrease in the amount of time and money spent in the car while, at the same time, help to improve the air quality and our environment. If you’re an experienced cyclist and want to try a century ride — covering 100 miles in one day — the Denver Century Ride is June 11-12, 2011, and is an excellent and scenic journey around the metro Denver area.

Another new feature we’ve added is open aerial photography and satellite imagery to the map! These images are gathered from publicly available sources such as NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Agriculture Imagery Program; and they add a richness to the OpenStreetMap map data that we think you’ll like!

Why not stretch your linguistic skills and try a new language this spring, too! We’ve added nine new languages to our open.mapquest.* sites: Cantonese, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Russian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. Simply go to open.mapquest.com and click on the flag near the top right hand corner, then select your preferred language from the drop-down list.

Get on your bikes and ride!