What you need to know
- Google Maps is getting more cycle-friendly over the next couple of weeks.
- A new update will integrate real-time docked bikeshare information into cycling directions when navigating.
- The update will hit 10 major cities including New York, London, and Mexico City before expanding to others over the coming months.
Cycling is becoming more popular as a means of transportation and Google is updating Maps to support that. In a new update, Google Maps will now include bike-sharing schemes in its cycling directions. It'll integrate them with walking directions, showing users where to walk to pick up a bike, where to drop one-off, and how to reach your destination from there.
It's a way of acknowledging that while cycling is more popular than ever, not everyone owns a bike. In major cities like New York or London, people are more likely to use these docked-bike schemes to get around than investing in their own.
Writing on the Google blog, Vishal Dutta, Product Manager, Google Maps, explained:
Google will make this available in the following cities and cycling services: Chicago (Divvy/Lyft), New York City (Citi Bike/Lyft), San Francisco Bay Area (Bay Wheels/Lyft), Washington, DC (Capital Bikeshare/Lyft), London (Santander Cycles/TfL), Mexico City (Ecobici), and Montreal (BIXI/Lyft).
Google says it'll work with local partners as it works towards bringing this service to more customers over the coming months.
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