Google Maps prank renames Tilikum Crossing after Star Trek captain

Google Maps prank renames Tilikum Crossing after Star Trek captain

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A local beer entrepreneur’s reach-for-the-stars campaign to name Portland’s newest bridge after Jean-Luc Picard has succeeded, at least for one day.

Google Maps currently lists the walking-biking-transit bridge as the “Jean-Luc Picard Wunder Crossing,” just as Owen Lingley suggested in a pair of billboards he put up at his own expense last year.

The bridge’s official name is “Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People,” a nod to its human-friendly scale and the region’s history. “Tilikum” means “people, tribe, and relatives” in the local Chinook languages. It’s actually the only major bridge in the city whose name comes from neither (a) an English word or (b) the name of a white guy.





Jean-Luc Picard, meanwhile, was the charismatic diplomat in charge of the fictional U.S.S. Enterprise in the 1987-1994 series Star Trek: The Next Generation, played by Sir Patrick Stewart.

Google Maps includes an option for anyone to “send feedback” about information on a map, including the option to “report a data problem” such as an incorrect placename. Presumably some joking “corrections” have been submitted to the system and approved, and we’re pretty sure more solemn counter-corrections will be on the way shortly.

Even incorrect, Google Maps still has one up on its competitors at Bing Maps. On Microsoft’s map of Portland, the six-month-old bridge doesn’t even exist yet.

Update 3:30 pm: The folks at the local company Ride With GPS have investigated this issue further.

(Hat tip to Reddit user milfloressiempre.)

— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – michael@bikeportland.org

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