Google Street View maps British seaside piers

Google Street View Trikes will be videoing UK’s seaside piers for British Tourism Week and Party on the Pier 2011.


The search giant has teamed up with VisitBritain to provide Google Street Views for nearly every British Pier. The collaboration provides street views for residents and tourists, while promoting both Google and the rich history of the British Pier.


David Curtis-Brignall, co-chair or British Tourism Week, said: “What better way to celebrate Party on the Pier and the fifth British Tourism Week than to have our great piers filmed for Google Street View. 


“Using the expanded Street View service people can check out restaurant’s on piers before arriving, make travel plans, arrange meeting points on their favourite piers, get a helping hand with their holiday choices, or just get to know their pier better.”


The piers being visited by the Google trikes include Walton-on-the Naze Pier, Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton West Pier, Boscombe Pier, Eastbourne Pier, Weston Super Mare and Clevedon Pier.


Officials said they hope to have most of the 55 current standing piers recorded by the end of the year.


Ed Parsons, Google’s geospatial technologist, said:”We’ve seen a tremendous amount of enthusiasm from British people to get their favourite places onto Street View.”


“Now it’s down to our super fit tryclists to get cracking and photograph Britain’s top piers so that people from far and wide can soon admire a large part of the country’s seaside heritage.”

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