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The Green Life: Help Me Hoof It, Google

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July 22, 2008

Help Me Hoof It, Google

Yesterday, if you needed to know how to get to that cool new restaurant in town, you could have turned to Google for driving or (in some cities) public transit directions. What? Walking would be faster, healthier, cheaper, and--yes, we have to say it--greener for this trip? Then you should have searched for your street map, compass, and social skills (nicely asking a human being for directions sometimes does the trick).

That was then--this is now: Google Maps has just added the option to get walking directions. The feature is in beta release, so you might find some bugs, but it certainly beats car-centric directions for those traveling on foot. For now, calls for a Google Maps 'Bike There' feature like New York's Ride the City site remain unanswered.

How much (if any) responsibility do you think Google has to provide information about different transportation options?

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