Dave Sohigian

14Apr/080

Google Transit Widget on Netvibes

I made a Google Transit widget a while back on iGoogle. This weekend I ported it to Netvibes:

The nice thing about this widget is that you set it up for your town (if Google Transit is supported there) and then it defaults to that city for searches. You can also set the default start or end addresses to give faster results. And it includes "by bike" directions for both Portland, OR and Milwaukee, WI (that is why I made the thing to begin with).

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29Feb/081

Bike There for Google Maps in Portland (with Caveats)

Last weekend I was frustrated with the fact that Google Maps only includes driving and transit directions for Portland. So I decided to write a Greasemonkey Script that solved the problem, at least for Portland. By linking the results of directions to the bycycle.org site, I can now get car/transit/bus directions all from Google maps. I can't wait until Google supports this functionality natively.

The result looks like this:

Looks like others are talking about this problem on the internets as well:

http://googlemapsbikethere.org/
http://commutebybike.com/

If you are not familiar with Greasemonkey, it is an addon for Firefox (find it here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748) which allows you to create hacks on top of existing pages (adding links etc...). The bycycle.org site was created by some local developers (here in Portland) and all my script does is take directions from Google and open a new page in bycycle.org with the directions for bikes. Bycycle.org only works for Portland and Milwaukee and my script only works for Portland.