GeoBriefs: Google Maps adds biking directions, new ArcGIS Explorer released, Aerial update for Bing Maps

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The Official Google Blog announced the addition of biking directions to Google Maps.  Shannon Guyman, Product Manager at Google explains why it took until now to add biking directions, “we wanted to include as much bike trail data as possible, provide efficient routes, allow riders to customize their trip, make use of bike lanes, calculate rider-friendly routes that avoid big hills and customize the look of the map for cycling to encourage folks to hop on their bikes.”  To access the new functionality, select “Bicycling” as the mode of transportation when request directions.  You can also add the biking directions gadget to your own website.

ESRI has announced the release of their latest version of ArcGIS Explorer.  Some highlights: “The release features a new Analysis Gallery that allows users to directly connect to and use geoprocessing services. To use advanced analytic tools, users can click the tool in the new gallery. Additionally, the Basemap Gallery has been updated to offer new ArcGIS Online imagery as well as topographic and street maps. Finally, Bing Maps services (Aerials, Hybrid, and Roads) are built right into ArcGIS Explorer and are ready to use with no registration required.

6.7 million square kilometers (2.6 million square miles) is the area covered in the latest aerial update by Microsoft for Bing Maps.

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