There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Walk about with Google maps

The fantastic folks at Google have added walking to the options when you ask for directions at Google maps. Now you can drive, take transit or walk to your destination.

Here's an example covering a trip I take often from my neighborhood to Watt and El Camino:

Google Maps Directions Car, Transit, Walk

Here's the directions that come with the map:



Pretty cool.

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In an earlier post, I ragged on Google for its inability to show a transit option for the wife's trip to work. Google kept showing this:

Apparently Google is getting closer to figuring out how to represent the wife's bus-train-bus-walk daily commute.

Unfortunately, Google still sometimes stretches to make a connection where there isn't one:

Well, it's the thought that counts!

: Here's an example of how it's supposed to work when you have to walk:

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