Apple Maps gets upgraded bike-sharing information

Apple Maps now includes bike sharing data for more than 175 cities

Apple Maps Now Shows Bike Sharing Stations in Montreal, Toronto and Beyond

Ito World has worked with dozens of companies to license and normalize bike-sharing data.

Apple has today incorporated a new global bike share data feed into Apple Maps, showing the location of bikes and docking stations for bike share schemes around the world.

To try the feature out for yourself, type "bike sharing" in the search field for the option to find out what's nearby.

While this is certainly not new to Apple Maps, the update is seen as a big improvement over existing data.

Apple isn't starting from zero as the company had already integrated some bike-sharing data in a handful of cities. It shows bike sharing stations is over 175 cities in 36 countries.

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Apple Maps now supports a wide range of services in many cities.

Apple Maps supports Citi Bike in NYC, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, BIKETOWN in Portland, Santander Cycles in London, bicing in Barcelona, BIXI in Montreal, CityCycle in Brisbane, nextbike in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and dozens of others.

Apple Maps supports Citi Bike in NYC, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, BIKETOWN in Portland, Santander Cycles in London, bicing in Barcelona, BIXI in Montreal, CityCycle in Brisbane, nextbike in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and dozens of others. It is also seen as Apple's latest push in ensuring that its Maps app stays relevant against Google Maps.

Still, it's a step up over what information Apple Maps did offer in the past and is likely to be useful for casual bike-share users who are in the Apple universe and want quick information on bike services offered in different cities.

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