Apple Maps adds locations of bike-sharing stations in over 175 cities

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in iPhone edited March 12
Apple Maps has been updated to include the locations of bike sharing services in over 175 cities in 36 countries, allowing tourists and those wanting to cycle around an area to quickly find the nearest bike-sharing station that can provide them the two-wheeled vehicles.




Now live in Apple Maps, the new data now appears if users type in "bike sharing" in the search bar, reports TechCrunch, followed by selecting the "Bike Sharing Nearby" option in the suggestions list. Results for specific bike-sharing services can also be brought up if searched by name.

The results that come up include both municipal-driven efforts, like the Santander Cycles in London, as well as privately-owned services. The list of supported services includes Citi Bike in New York City, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, Biketown in Portland, Bicing in Barcelona, BIXI, in Montreal, CityCycle in Brisbane, and Nextbike in multiple European locations.

The listing for each stand provides basic information for the service, including its address and contact details for the operator, and in some cases the service's app. The app suggestion is useful, as Apple Maps doesn't provide more detailed information about each location, such as how many bikes are available to ride or if it is a dock-less service, forcing users to look elsewhere for that data.

The new data is supplied to Apple Maps from Ito World, a data analysis and visualization firm, which operates a global bike share data feed. Ito World combined and normalized the data from multiple sources, creating a single data model that can be more easily integrated into services, like Apple has done with Maps.

Apple has been gradually improving the data Maps provides for public transport, as it tries to compete with Google Maps. In recent months it has expanded its public transit directions feature to Tucson, AZ and Tampa, FL, and has worked to provide interior maps for a number of major airports to help passengers find their way through the large terminals.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    Eric_WVGGEric_WVGG Posts: 471member
    I hope this is a step toward Bicycle as its own option in Apple Maps directions. Cycling with Airpods or an Apple Watch with turn-by-turn directions is just amazing, but "car" directions sometimes send riders down unsafe streets, and "pedestrian" directions send against one-way streets.

    Google Maps always get this right, but doesn't work with Apple “wearables”. Just another reminder that the future isn't quite here yet…
    edited March 12 retrogustowilliamlondon
  • Reply 2 of 6
    FolioFolio Posts: 396member
    Much appreciated! In Washington DC as elsewhere these rentals have proliferated but still often tucked away. I only use these red-bike rentals, when my visitors wish to bike and often lose time looking for drop-offs. When you rent in 30-minute intervals this makes a big difference.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 3 of 6
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,201member
    Seattle's bike share doesn't use stations. The bikes just get scattered all over town like other eyesore trash. OTOH, homeless do like to use them to build fort-like housing.

    I don't get bike shares at all. If you ride a bike, you own a bike. If you don't ride a bike, these things can't possible help you. No helmet provided, even though the law requires it. And generally, riding a bike in Seattle is suicide by bike. You are nuts to try to do so - i did, and gave up quickly out of self-preservation.

    Literally: YMMV. If they work for you, fine. Good luck. 
  • Reply 4 of 6
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 6,065member
    Folio said:
    Much appreciated! In Washington DC as elsewhere these rentals have proliferated but still often tucked away. I only use these red-bike rentals, when my visitors wish to bike and often lose time looking for drop-offs. When you rent in 30-minute intervals this makes a big difference.
    We have a “blue bikes” program in New Orleans, similar to a green bike program in Minneapolis. The standard rate here is 13-cents/minute (comes to $8/hr). Monthly contracts get a cheaper discount. But it offers by the minute so it’s great. 
    Folio
  • Reply 5 of 6
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 6,065member

    eightzero said:
    Seattle's bike share doesn't use stations. The bikes just get scattered all over town like other eyesore trash. OTOH, homeless do like to use them to build fort-like housing.

    I don't get bike shares at all. If you ride a bike, you own a bike. If you don't ride a bike, these things can't possible help you. No helmet provided, even though the law requires it. And generally, riding a bike in Seattle is suicide by bike. You are nuts to try to do so - i did, and gave up quickly out of self-preservation.

    Literally: YMMV. If they work for you, fine. Good luck. 
    In New Orleans and Minneapolis they’re great. My bike sits in the alley because I don’t feel like dealing with it — easier to bike out to meet friends and ditch it there, get a ride back or a taxi or whatever. It’s just one less thing for me to plan or worry about. Yeah I don’t wear a helmet but it’s a risk I’ll take when it suits me. 
    williamlondonFolio
  • Reply 6 of 6
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,468member

    eightzero said:
    Seattle's bike share doesn't use stations. The bikes just get scattered all over town like other eyesore trash. OTOH, homeless do like to use them to build fort-like housing.

    I don't get bike shares at all. If you ride a bike, you own a bike. If you don't ride a bike, these things can't possible help you. No helmet provided, even though the law requires it. And generally, riding a bike in Seattle is suicide by bike. You are nuts to try to do so - i did, and gave up quickly out of self-preservation.

    Literally: YMMV. If they work for you, fine. Good luck. 
    In New Orleans and Minneapolis they’re great. My bike sits in the alley because I don’t feel like dealing with it — easier to bike out to meet friends and ditch it there, get a ride back or a taxi or whatever. It’s just one less thing for me to plan or worry about. Yeah I don’t wear a helmet but it’s a risk I’ll take when it suits me. 
    Always wear a helmet. There are idiots out there texting while driving. 
    jony0
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