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Google Maps Unveils New Cycling Navigation Feature in The Lion City

by Voices Wellness 10 Nov 2021
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This new feature will cover more than 6,800km of cycling trails and biking directions in Singapore.

Step into any of Singapore’s over 300 parks and you’re likely to be greeted by the sight of cyclists on most weekends. If you’ve been racking up the miles on your bike and are now eyeing fresh trails, Google Maps has a brand-new cycling navigation feature just for you.

The first in Southeast Asia, the feature details more than 6,800km of cycling trails and biking directions in Singapore. It’s available on both desktop and mobile (iOS and Android) platforms and can be found alongside the existing walking, driving, and public transport options. This is made possible thanks to about 500km of data provided by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the National Parks Board. Cyclists can look forward to step-by-step cycling directions, an island-wide network of green corridors linking major parks and nature zones, as well as dedicated cycling paths and recommended bicycle-friendly roads.

Photo: Google Maps

Aside from route planning, one can also track their trip progress through turn-by-turn navigation, receive an estimated time of arrival updates in real-time, as well as check the elevation of their routes. With safety considered, the routes also help cyclists avoid travelling onto the expressways and tunnels, which is considered an offence under the Road Traffic Act. Meanwhile, those using power-assisted bicycles or motorised personal mobility devices can check LTA’s site for the full list of rules and regulations.

According to Cordula Oertel, Google’s Head of Geo Partnerships, Southeast Asia, this new feature is a response to the “huge spike in searches in Google for cycling routes, with a jump of 75 percent from 2020, and an increase of 400 percent from 2019.

“With the new cycling directions feature on Google Maps, we hope to create a safe and helpful experience for cyclists as they plan their journeys and to offer commuters in Singapore a more sustainable, eco-friendly option to consider,” he adds.

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