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New Google Street View images for Fresno and Clovis

The Street View feature from Google Maps is a fantastic tool which I use many times a week. It lets you explore places you haven’t been before, scout out locations before heading out to visit them (ie, exact location of a restaurant) and it lets you see changes that have been made to an area.

Since launching in May 2007 in select cities, Google has expanded their pictures to most of the US, most of Europe, an other countries around the world.

Here you can see that most of the US, Mexico and Canada have Street View images available, in blue. The blue circles are user submitted pictures in areas not yet covered by the cameras. Click to read more!

Google Maps

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. Click to read more!