Google Adds Bike Directions (US for now)

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"The heavily requested feature navigates using not only bike trails but
marks and uses roads that are known to be bike-friendly, including
both those with bike lanes or those simply recommended for cyclists.
Maps goes so far as to factor in hills and to avoid heavy car traffic."

Cool! I can't wait to check it out for Vancouver.

There's pretty good route planner for biking in Vancouver made that's pretty useful. It includes
customizable roads, maximum or minimum slope, it's up to date and has many layers.

I've also noticed that pretty much anywhere you are looking on google maps you can click on the user generated map option and more often than not somebody has put up a cycle-friendly route map. God bless those upstanding (upsitting?) cycling citizens.