Biking is on the rise in major cities across the country, and not surprisingly, technology is keeping pace. Years ago, we saw Google Maps include bike directions in many cities, and this year has brought a few new innovations in the way of bike maps. San Francisco's BikeMapper and the New York Times' Bike Wisdom are two new examples -- with these interactive tools, people can plan their bike trips to work, errands and groceries better than ever before.
Among other functions, San Francisco's BikeMapper lets cyclists plan routes that avoid (or take on!) San Francisco's gnarly hills while simultaneously checking out the street view for any point along the route. BikeMapper lets you choose your routes for errands, business or leisure, with an option to avoid busy streets, and choose the fastest or most bike friendly route. The route breaks down total distance traveled, the time duration, pounds of CO2 saved, and calories burned. Green bike lines illuminate the map to mark your way to your destination.