Getting on your bike and actually getting to where you want to go is a less daunting prospect now Google Maps includes directions to Brisbane's bikeways.
Complementing the walking, driving and public transport features long installed on the search giant's navigational feature, the new bikeways function reveals the city's network of bikeways and lanes if selected when looking for directions.
Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the new online tool was the result of collaboration between City Hall and Google and made for a better, safer cycling experience.
Cr Schrinner said the service provided cyclists with step-by-step directions using efficient biking routes which accounted for geography and the presence of bike infrastructure.
“Council has been working closely with Google since last year to create the maps and ensure they provide safe navigation of our city by bike,” he said.
“The Lord Mayor is committed to reducing traffic congestion and promoting active travel in the city, which is why we will continue to developing the cycling culture in Brisbane.”
But there would be a lag in the time it took for the service to recognise new bike routes built in the city, Cr Schrinner said.
There has been $120 million allocated to bikeways over the next four years in the council budgets, but it could take “several months” for the maps to recognise the new infrastructure.
The beta service also doesn't automatically recognise Brisbane's CityCycle stations or bike-parking facilities when mapping routes, though the council bike hire scheme can be found through a separate search, and rolled into the one map if saved as a personal map.
A new service called 'MapMaker' scheduled to be launched by Google later this year will better integrate these features according to a council statement.
Access is not limited to desktop users; anyone with an internet-enabled device can use the service.
Council currently provides about 1000 kilometres of bikeways and shared pathways along roads, scenic waterways and through parklands.