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private roads, google maps, ridewithgps

ben-----ben----- Posts: 573
edited September 2014 in Commuting chat
On Google maps, when you plot a route that happens to go along a private road, in the directions, Google gives a warning. I think that's new. It's pretty useful.

But I'm now plotting my routes on ridewithgps.com. And that doesn't give a private road warning. Anyone worked out a way of getting a route made on ridewithgps.com into Google maps in order to be able to check for private roads? I've managed to import a kml file with a route in it into Google maps but haven't managed to get that to the point where Google shows the directions for that route therefore the private road warnings. Hopefully ridewithgps will be able to get access to that private road data and display it on their site. I'd make that request with them but am unable to post on their forums at the moment for some reason.

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  • BSRUBSRU Posts: 74
    Always worth checking the OS maps as some private roads are more private than others.
    One near me is a private road, lots of signs stating this but it is a bye-way for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists which is only shown(as far as I know) on OS maps.
  • davmaggsdavmaggs Posts: 1,008
    Be really careful using Google to plot any cycling route.

    Google seems to consider all rights of way as suitable for cycling, which can lead to some interesting moments when you approach a pot holed, mud covered farm track on a road bike. I'd be interested to know what 'rules' they use in the logic, as at the moment I don't think it's fit for purpose.
  • apreadingapreading Posts: 4,533
    davmaggs wrote:
    Be really careful using Google to plot any cycling route.

    Google seems to consider all rights of way as suitable for cycling, which can lead to some interesting moments when you approach a pot holed, mud covered farm track on a road bike. I'd be interested to know what 'rules' they use in the logic, as at the moment I don't think it's fit for purpose.

    ^^^ This +1
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,243
    Yerp, OS Maps & local knowledge is still king.

    I was pretty surprised/disappointed by one of my local club's leaders took his group of road bikes down a private farm dirt track this year. Get a clue!
  • daddy0daddy0 Posts: 686
    davmaggs wrote:
    Be really careful using Google to plot any cycling route.

    Google seems to consider all rights of way as suitable for cycling, which can lead to some interesting moments when you approach a pot holed, mud covered farm track on a road bike. I'd be interested to know what 'rules' they use in the logic, as at the moment I don't think it's fit for purpose.

    Yup, or worse, much much worse... like the time I went round a one way bend and all of a sudden I was on a very busy 3 or 4 lane A road with with broken glass all over the hard shoulder and lorries brushing past me at 70mph. With no escape. Never making that mistake again.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,686
    Sounds just like my commute except no ones riding that slow.
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