Back from a hike where you discovered a new trail and would like to share it with others? Or as an avid biker would you like to share your local bike paths and bike-friendly roads with others?
Using Map Maker you can add all this information on maps and help bike and hike enthusiasts easily discover new and cool paths to use for a healthy commute or to just relax and unwind. In this quick guide, we’ll tell you how to map biking and hiking trails and paths, and point you to more detailed information that you will need along the way.
You can map Hike/Bike paths both in the concrete jungle as well as away from the hustle & bustle of civilization.
In MapMaker, you can use the Trail/Path linear feature to mark off-road paths and create on-road hike paths by directly editing the road attributes. You can also fill in additional details about urban and off-road bike paths like suitability for cycles/pedestrians, the condition of the path, the surface type etc. Filling these details can help Google Maps generate appropriate riding/walking directions for these paths.
Use one of the Map Maker search options to find the location of the bike path / trail you would like to map. You can also locate the area using the browse and navigate features on Map Maker.
Found the area you wanted to map? Great! Now let’s walk you through marking that trail, the end point of which will see you becoming a citizen cartographer!
Note: if the road on which you want to mark a bike/hike path is NOT already mapped, this user guide article can help you draw the road. You can then mark its bike and pedestrian attributes as given in the same article.
In-context help for attributes in the left hand editing panel
To map trails which form a loop, draw at least two or more segments connected to form a circle/loop. Currently, you won't be able to draw a loop as a trail / path connected to itself - since Map maker doesn’t allow making edits on top of a pending edit.
Trails that start off or end in roads should connect to the road. While adding such trails, ensure that the trail intersects with the road. When properly intersected, both the trail and the road get highlighted.
If the bike route runs very close to a road, do not mark a separate trail but, add it as an attribute of the existing road.
This can be done by editing the Bicycle & Pedestrian Info section of the existing road.
If a trail merges with a side walk of a road, draw the trail up to the side walk and then map the remaining portion as an attribute of the existing road.
It’s now over to the other Reviewers to review your content. This ensures that the information going live is error free and also gives you a feedback on how to make your edits better. Once they are approved,your edits are ready to go live on Maps .
Enjoy mapping and happy trails!