Google Maps will now show directions using rented bikes from docked bike-share schemes such as Citi Bike and Santander Cycles. This new feature has been added after cycling recently started being promoted in different cities during the current pandemic for people to move around in an environmentally friendly way while maintaining social distancing.
According to Google, the company has observed a 69% rise in the number of requests made for cycling directions through Maps since February. Cycle-share schemes are a convenient alternative for riding around on your own bike. Therefore, Google Maps’ new cycle-share route functionality will help you find docked bikes available for use.
This new feature in Maps spots a nearby dock and gives you walking directions to reach it, cycling directions from one dock to another, and walking directions back to your destination from the dock.
The feature is set to be available to 10 cities within the coming weeks. The cities mentioned are Chicago, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, London, Washington DC, Montreal, Mexico City, Sau Paulo, Rio De Janeiro, Taipei and the New Taipei City. More cities will be added to the list in the next few months.