Google to extent street view to footpaths in the UK using pedal trikes

Posted by daveemtb on 18 May 2009 in English (English),39029552,49302292-1,00.htm

This begs the question - since when were you allowed to cycle on footpaths in the UK?!

I can forsee angry mobs with pitchforks already... and there's no car to hide in!

Comment from andrewpmk on 18 May 2009 at 12:32

Presumably they mean cycleways?

Comment from Harry Wood on 18 May 2009 at 12:43

I guess this means they'll be adding some footways to their actual maps too. Can't believe they'd throw enough manpower at the problem to achieve a decent level of coverage though.

Comment from Richard on 18 May 2009 at 20:08

It's just a PR gimmick (cynic, moi?) aimed at getting some pretty views in there - "honeypots" as they're called in the tourist trade.

The story says that they'll be using it for "castles, coastal paths, natural wonders, historic buildings [or] monuments and stadiums". Coastal paths are a non-starter - I'd like to see the Google trike on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. No, really, I would. I wouldn't want to be the one who called the Coastguard after it fell off the cliff edge though.

The rest (except for "natural wonders", which could mean anything) are all private property. So access for trikes is entirely at the say-so of the landowner - who will be no doubt delighted with the publicity!

Comment from daveemtb on 18 May 2009 at 20:42

Let's all vote for the coastal paths for a laugh, eh? ;)

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