Cyclists in Ottawa will soon be able to map out bike routes on their computers and smartphones.

Google Canada announced yesterday at the Sustainable Mobility Summit that its maps website will be updated by next week to include biking directions in several major Canadian cities.

“When we get a biking route, you’ll see the map changes to our bike layer, which is optimized for biking,” said Shannon Guymon, project manager with Google.

“We deemphasize freeways and we emphasize bike trails.”

“We’re proud to be the first region in the country to be fully operational on biking directions for Google Maps,” said NCC CEO Marie Lemay.