My goal is to draw a walking route on Google Maps. There is a path that is clearly the shortest, but Google Maps avoids it, even if it is a public road.

Why does Google avoid it ?

Here is the directions, if you zoom in near the pond you'll see a route "Chemin aux Fraises" that Google avoids.

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    The road that Chemin aux Fraises terminates at isn't labeled and seems to solely serve the farm it surrounds terminating at some farm buildings. I imagine that the path Chemin aux Fraises became a link between that road and Rue Aux Fraises as a matter of convenience. If the unlabeled road is essentially a private driveway, albeit a very long one, that may explain it. Just spit-balling
    – Blindspots
    Oct 17, 2022 at 5:22
  • There is no road sign indicating that those roads are forbidden. Afaik they all are public, I often go there. There is just one part of Rue aux Fraises that Google labels as a restricted-usage road (see comment below). Oct 22, 2022 at 11:04

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The road/path you mention is restricted. You can drag a blue circle onto the road to change the path, but you'll see the below side-bar. You'd need to ask Google to remove this restriction, to allow Maps to use it as a valid route.

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  • I don't get it. This route "Rue aux Fraises" is labelled as a restricted-usage road on your directions. But when I go for Edit the map > Add or fix a road, the "Private road" checkbox is unchecked. So, if it is a public road, why is it restricted ? Oct 22, 2022 at 10:58
  • Best to contact Google, then. Oct 22, 2022 at 16:01

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