Google Maps' bike routing now helps you avoid steep hills

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Just because you enjoy cycling doesn’t mean you want a challenge every time — it’s not much fun to pedal uphill when you simply need to get to work. You won’t have to face those arbitrary hill climbs in the future, though, since Google Maps has quietly added elevation data to its bike routes. Plot your path using a desktop web browser and you’ll see both a visual representation of elevation changes and the number of feet you have to ascend (or descend, if you’re lucky). There’s no word on a corresponding mobile app update, but don’t be surprised if you can eventually chart an easier course when you’re already on the road.

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Bike elevation details in Google Maps

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