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Google Maps Now Shows How Steep Your Bike Route Is

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Bike directions are an amazing feature of Google Maps, but if you don't know the landscape, you might find yourself pedaling up some steep hills. No longer. Google is now providing elevation info so you can avoid, or seek (you beast), those inclines.

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Illustration for article titled Google Maps Now Shows How Steep Your Bike Route Is

The feature is technically unannounced, but TechCrunch was able to confirm with Google that it is indeed a new addition to the desktop version of Maps. Just enter your route, and a nice little graph will appear, mapping the elevation along the way. It doesn't cover every route you might choose, especially if it's basically flat, but it's a nice little bonus that will make bikers smile. [TechCrunch]

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I still don't understand why Google won't provide its terrain information on mobile platforms? Maybe liability concerns for would be smartphone hikers? I dunno, but I want it!