Cycling included in Maps
The only reason I go back to Google is to use their "cycling" option in maps. You can see all the trails in your city, and find a great route by just clicking the starting and endpoint on the map, no need for addresses. There are multiple routes to choose from, all showing elevation changes as well, which is very useful.
Philip D Larson commented
Cortana just told me it would take me 8 minutes to get to work at this time in the morning. I wish! I'm biking-commuting to work, try to do this just about every work day. (I teach.) Would be nice it Bing Maps and Cortana could accommodate this. Google Maps does (it's for more athletic riders than me, but it's a start).
Tim Reckmeyer commented
Agreed, please add this!
Please add Bike Option to Bing Map Directions, even if it does not have street views or elevations. Maybe add a user-filled in value of "guestimated avg MPH" to give a customized time factor for different riding abilities!
Biggest problem for me is lack of bicycle routes. Until available on Bing, I'll (sadly) be using Google.
I also made an idea about park and forest showing almost the same things.
Not about cycling, but could be nice to show trails like on Google maps. See here :
Bing Preview : http://binged.it/1ijRVTN
This is a fantastic idea and I fully support it. As a novice bike rider, I'd like to know where I can and cannot ride my bike, but also like to know if some destinations have a bicycling route, the approximate time and the distance, etc.
I fully support this idea! This would be amazing. Also, consider the features as: buses that can take the bikes with them, bus schedules, and ALTITUDE! By altitude I mean that it's desired to go a longer way but to avoid going up the hill. Bikers can't always look at the phone, so other means of suggesting the turns should work (sound, encode with vibration, etc.)
Please make it possible to plan routes for bike. I don't know if thats possible in the us, but in germany it's definitely not possible to plan cycling routes. Also it would be useful when I could say Cortana that I mostly use a bicycle for traveling and that she should suggest other routes and times before an appointment.
By the way gmaps can handle this for a long time.
Jim M. commented
I second this motion. Bicycle commuting is growing around the US. Good maps would help!