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Bike Maps O nce upon a time, bike maps were treasured, well-worn paper maps or word-of-mouth information. Today with GPS, the Internet and Google maps the choices are infinite and not paper- based. One of the Internet bike-mapping programs, MapMyRide.com, lists 6,039 rides in and around Morgan Hill, and 5,072 rides in and around Gilroy. The setup of these Internet mapping programs is based on bike riders’ participation. Riders record their rides with GPS and load them into the program. One way or another everyone has some experience with Google Maps. But did you know that there is a bike option in Google Maps? Click on the bike option in Google Maps and a maze of rides/trails pops up all over the maps of Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Again, bike riders submit their rides to Google Maps. Google even has a bike sharing world map. According to About.com, the six best route-mapping websites are: • • • • • • ridewithgps.com mapmyride.com bikely.com gmap-pedometer.com veloroutes.org/bikemaps/ routeslip.com Beyond these six websites there are many more general websites and apps. There are also websites for a particular area, including Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Both cities have a bicycle program within city governance. AGENCY) 2011 Gilroy Bicycle Pedestrian Commission — cityofgilroy.org. Morgan Hill Alternative Transportation, Bicycle Master Plan — morgan-hill.ca.gov/439/Bicycling Both communities have official bike maps. Morgan Hill’s map is very extensive with seven separate sector maps. Even VTA (Valley Transportation Agency) has a map highlighting rides around Morgan Hill and Gilroy. The old worn-out paper maps might be a thing of the past but biking today is going strong — and is more interesting with these new mapping technologies. G M H T O D A Y M A G A Z I N E MAY / JUNE 2015 gmhtoday.com 15