Winnipeg's bike trails getting 360-degree maps
Winnipeg Trails Association partnering with Google to visualize bike paths
If you see a strange bike in Amber Trails today, give the world a wave.
Winnipeg's bike trails are getting mapped by the Google Trekker, a recumbent bike on loan from Natural Cycle outfitted with a 360-degree camera on loan from Google.
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While most of Winnipeg is already on Google Maps, many bike trails — like the ones in Amber Trails, which run behind houses — are hidden from street view.
"They wanted to focus on the major bike trails in Winnipeg, but we thought it was best we get as much as we can," she said. "I suppose people don't realize how big Winnipeg has become."
While Google approved the increase in mileage, the camera is still due back on the same day: Aug. 17.
Herscovitch said about a dozen volunteers are logging up to 10 hours a day to map the trails in time.
They've done 200 kilometres of trails and have another 200 to go.
However, the high-tech maps might not be online till next summer, Herscovitch said, because it takes time for the data to be processed.