It’s not as easy to use: It first requires creating a new map, while Classic simply prompts for addresses, draws route, and provided link to KML route; and New doesn’t prompt for addresses.
Classic was just much easier and faster to use. Too bad Google made that decision.
Thanks but I do know that list, since I mentioned it in my post. It’s kind of the point of a forum to save time by checking if other people already have the answer to a question before investing one’s own time evaluating solutions.
So at this point, it looks like there’s no good alternative:
OSM-based solutions don’t have the same interface, and since OSM seems to often lack street numbers, it’s not much help when drawing routes in cities
As for Google-based solutions, there’re heavier to use than GM Classic (RideWithGPS, Endomondo, etc.)
Like OSR, GraphHopper doesn’t seem to allow “pulling” the route after it’s drawn.
But at this point, OSM-based solutions aren’t as good as Google-based solutions to draw routes in urban areas because streets in OSM may/often lack numbers. I tried a few addresses, where OSM either wouldn’t find them or just point to the street but not the number where I wanted to go.
So it looks like Google Maps EngineLite, a.k.a. Google Maps New, is the least bad alternative to Google Maps Classic.
My favourite online tool for planning bike trips is Ridewithgps.com
It uses google maps as well as OSM for routing (walking/cycling/driving) and shows excellent altitude profiles of your route.
Exports to GPX, KML or CSV format.
Many sharing possibilities (private, public, friends only)
Multiple map options (Google, OSM, Esri, USGS)
You can also use it as app for mobile devices.