As noted in an Associated Press article reprinted in Sunday’s Arizona Republic, Internet mapping services are working to lay out the best biking and walking routes.
For example, if you visit Google Maps, click on “Get Directions,” and type in a Start Address and End Address, up pops two alternatives: By Car and Walking. Click on Walking and the “most direct” route (distance and time) will be shown. It’s also noted that “Walking directions are in beta. Use caution when walking in unfamiliar areas.”
Okay, that’s a start. Now if Google Mappers could only show where shade trees, awnings, and overhead misters are located in hot, hot, hot cities like Phoenix, that may adjust your route!