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Apple Maps Will Now Show Nearest Bike-Sharing Stations

13 March 2018, 09:17 | Justin Tyler

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

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

Ito claims its system "curates and integrates the disparate data of Bike Share schemes around the world" in real time into the navigation app.

An Apple Maps feature went live on Monday with bike-sharing data for more than 175 cities in 36 countries.

To try the feature out for yourself, type "bike sharing" in the search field for the option to find out what's nearby. Thanks to the partnership, Apple won't have to put together this data in-house and can simply integrate all the data through a single data model. But this is a big improvement over existing data.

As TechCrunch notes Apple Maps doesn't show bike availability or empty spots for now, but hopefully that will come soon. May be company add this in upcoming update, but for now this feature gives you only the address, name and service's contact information.

But it can be quite useful if you're traveling to another city and you want to ride a bike. Different cities will have different bike sharing services with different names. But now many people in more than 175 cities have easy access to bike-sharing data just by using the Apple Maps app.

However, there is no integration with dockless bike-sharing services, like Jump, Mobike and Ofo, at the moment. It supports Citi Bike in New York City, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, BIKETOWN in Portland, BIXI in Montreal, Santander Cycles in London, CityCycle in Brisbane, bicing in Barcelona, as well as nextbike in Germany, Croatia, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and many others.

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