Showing Distances in Metric for My Maps

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Showing Distances in Metric for My Maps JJSowers 11/24/11 10:17 AM
URL (if applicable):Summary of Issue: This is NOT about mapping directions. This is a question regarding when you make you create a map ("My Places"). When I add a line "Draw a line along roads", the measurement shows in Miles; I want the option for my lines to show metric distances. I have looked everywhere, but maybe I have missed it. I cannot believe that metric is not an option. Help :-)
Re: Showing Distances in Metric for My Maps Mike Edi 11/25/11 11:14 AM
I think it depends on which site you are using. If you reach Google maps from http://maps.google.com/, you will be in the US site, and will see distances in miles.

But if you access it from http://maps.google.ca, you will be in the Canadian site, and see kilometres. At least, that's what I've always understood. I haven't tested it for myself.
Re: Showing Distances in Metric for My Maps JJSowers 11/28/11 2:36 PM
Hi Mike, You are correct!  It did require me to re-login since it saw me trying to come in from a Canadian extension, but then I saw metric distances.  Still, it is really silly that Google makes it this hard for us forward-looking Americans to think globally :-)
Thanks,
Jim
Re: Showing Distances in Metric for My Maps Captain Phingerspex 6/27/12 1:12 AM
Unfortunately if you log in with google.co.uk, you get miles. I've measured all my running and swimming in metres, but when I tried adding the routes to My Places, they're all shown in miles. It does seem odd that this is a fixed parameter depending on country site, rather than settable per route.
Re: Showing Distances in Metric for My Maps almandine 9/5/12 9:19 AM
I'm from the UK and I was taught the metric system when I was at school, 35 years ago!  Come on Google, give us the option, don't presume to choose for us!