Well, it worked. I finally got the bike lanes downtown to show up on google maps. Problem is, I no longer remember all the streets that have them. Woops. Oh well, two are better than none.
Google maps is an excellent resource, because of the aerial and satellite imagery it provides. Unfortunately, the updates are rare. It took Fresno 4 years to get updates imagery (2005-2009) although in 2010 that was followed up with higher resolution aerial (angled) imagery.
One of the features google maps provides is a map of bike lanes. Google allows you to submit “problems” when the map is missing a lane or path that exists. However, I’ve found that the google employees only accept your input if they can verify it with the aerial imagery. Since the aerial imagery is now a year old, this is a problem when it comes to reporting new lanes.