Google Maps guided us to the destinations we need to go to for years now. The popular navigation app has guided many bikers for years, even those that don’t have their own bikes. Techcrunch reported that Google Maps will now make it easier for those individuals, who are depending on bike-share, by updating its map which currently rolls out across 10 major markets. The app has already guided users to bike-sharing locations, as well as the nearest bike-share drop-off locations. However, this time the map will be different since it will not only provide you biking directions but also walking directions in order to provide end-to-end navigation between docked bike-share locations.
The new update will first guide you to the nearest bike share location by detailing walking directions. The second step will provide the user turn-by-turn directions that would guide them to the bike-share location closest to their destination. On the final leg of the trip, the navigation map will guide you from the bike-share drop-off location to your desired destination by providing you the walking directions you need.
Before Google Maps was updated, it requires its users to input three separate trips for them to have the navigation guide of the app. The first trip will be for the location of the bike-share, while the second trip is for the bike-share drop-off location. The final trip will provide the user with the walking directions they need from the bike-share drop-off point to their last destination. The new update will save you the hassle since you only need to plan one single trip to get all the directions you needed in the supported bike-share markets in Google Maps.
Google Maps will inform you if there are available bikes
In addition to Google Maps update on the new end-to-end navigation, you can also book and unlock a bike in advance since links that would allow you to open the relevant bike-share mobile app will be displayed. Google Maps, in partnership with transportation information company “Ito World” and other supported bike-share partners, will be rolling out the new feature in the coming weeks in 10 cities;
- Washington, DC, U.S. (Capital Bikeshare/Lyft)
- New York City, U.S. (Citi Bike/Lyft)
- Chicago, U.S. (Divvy/Lyft)
- San Francisco Bay Area, U.S. (Bay Wheels/Lyft)
- London, England (Santander Cycles/TfL)
- Montreal, Canada (BIXI/Lyft)
- Mexico City, Mexico (Ecobici)
- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Bike Itaú)
- Taipei and New Taipei City, Taiwan (YouBike)
- São Paulo, Brazil (Bike Itaú)
Google confirmed that it is still coordinating with other companies to create more py the partners that will bring functionality to more cities in the coming months. The launch of the Google Maps’ update will also be used to match-up Apple Maps, which previously added cycling options to optimize routes for cyclists. Unlike Google Maps, Apple Maps provides information about the challenging hills the bikers will face along the route provided, as well as the location of the nearest bike repair shop. Apple also partnered with “Ito World” in March to integrate bike-share data into it’s system, allowing iPhone users to locate the nearest bike-share across 179 cities.