MapQuest Open for Bike, Ped, and Transit

MapQuest Open

MapQuest has added bicycle, pedestrian, and transit routing to their “Open” online mapping and directions service. From the MapQuest blog:

Due to popular demand — and our desire for options — we’ve just released worldwide pedestrian and bicycle routing on all of our open.mapquest.* sites along with domestic transit routing on our site!

The bicycle and pedestrian routing is wholly based on OpenStreetMap data — if it’s in the data, we’ll route you on cycle paths and foot paths. Walkers, we have options for you — miles v. kilometers. Specifically for cyclists: we have road grade strategy options to avoid hills, favor hills, etc. Try out these routes for fun: Washington Park to Bear Creek Park in the suburbs of Denver, Colo., or this bike route from Bath City to Bristol City, UK.

Our domestic open transit routing option covers six major metropolitan areas: New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco, reaching roughly 90 percent of the nation’s rail ridership.

It’ll be interesting to see how MapQuest’s product stacks up against Google’s biking directions service that was introduced last year.

MapQuest Open

[via Cyclelicious]

5 Responses to “MapQuest Open for Bike, Ped, and Transit”

  • Eddie Hurt says:

    My first try using both bike maps: Google 1, Mapquest 0. The contest was not even close. I used identical cut-and-paste addresses from my address book to seek directions from A to B (Mar Vista to Santa Monica). Google mapped both locations as pasted without issue. Mapquest could not recognize either address until I had stripped out the apartment and Suite numbers. The big fail, though, was that the Mapquest address location for A was off by about 2 miles (along Venice Boulevard, a very long street), making the bike map useless. Google nailed everything: locations, multiple route options with distance and elapsed times for comparison and terrain view to see inclines. On selected bike paths (not this example) I’ve been thrilled using the Google Trike’s Street View to scope out vistas.

  • kanishka azimi (new england!) says:

    the goal with open though is getting away from google owning the location information if i understand. may be rough over initial years, but over time, we won’t have to put up with google advertising locations of the highest bidders on top of our maps.

  • Jay (Epstein) in Tel Aviv says:

    Looks useful.
    What I’d really like to see is an application combining Google/Mapquest ability to select a route with the excellent elevation graphics offered by makes you plot your own route, but gives your total climbing and a really neat color coded representation of % grade.

    Wish I knew how to put those together.

    I’m planning a tour of Vermont this summer.

  • Richard Masoner says:

    @Jay – my map application is still a little bit rough, but it uses Google’s placename service (because MapQuest’s is pretty poor) and allows you to select between Google or MapQuest routing, and then gives an elevation profile as well. Missing are total climbing and % grade, but those are future projects. A little more important right now is ability to tweak route with drag drop and to add waypoints.

    Thank you Alan for the link love.

  • Alan Barnard says:

    Thank you, Richard, for your always excellent website.

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