I would like to understand how to find cyclist friendly paths in London using Google Maps on my Windows 10 PC. I can do this using my Android phone, there is an option that shows me such paths in the google map app. These paths are shown in green. However, when I just go to https://www.google.com/maps on my Windows 10 PC I don't see a setting that would highlight such paths. In fact google maps will propose me a cyclist path (or several paths) between any two points, but I will not be able to see which bits of this path are cyclist friendly and which are not. Such bits would be shown in green on my android app.

So is there some way to see these "green paths" on my Windows PC?

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    Google Maps is IMO not the best when it comes to finding cycle paths. Have you tried opencyclemap.org ? While it doesn't have all the options (such as routing) that GM offers, it gives a pretty good overview.
    – Berend
    Commented Aug 22, 2020 at 16:49
  • Thanks Berend! No I did not know about opencyclemap.org . Indeed, it looks pretty good
    – DimWitty
    Commented Aug 22, 2020 at 17:04
  • I gave you an answer that tells you how to turn on bicycling mode in Google Maps. I recommend Strava's routing function as it offers a heatmap of where cyclists ride and routes according to where is most popular. Unfortunately you now need to subscribe to use that feature. Commented Aug 22, 2020 at 21:06
  • Argenti, thanks a lot for both recommendations! What is Strava, and how to subscribe to it?
    – DimWitty
    Commented Aug 22, 2020 at 21:51
  • As usual with these questions I have to recommend brouter.de/brouter-web . It’s a great routing tool for planning routes at home and there is also an android version (to be used in combination with Osmand).
    – Michael
    Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 7:00

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Unless you see a very different Google Maps in the UK than I see in the US:

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  • That's amazing! Huge thanks, it turns out that this works in the UK as well :)
    – DimWitty
    Commented Aug 22, 2020 at 21:46
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    I tried this out in the Netherlands. Be careful, it does not show a lot of roads which are bike friendly, but it does show a lot of paths in a national park which are walking only. (Although I have to admit that before some time in the mornings, cycling on some/most of those paths may be allowed, they are not cycle paths.)
    – Willeke
    Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 10:18

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