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

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The update comes as Apple has struck a deal with data company Ito World.

Apple has today incorporated a new global bike share data feed into Apple Maps, showing the location of bikes and docking stations for bike share schemes around the world. Users will be able to search for the nearest stations in any supported city simply by typing "bike sharing" or the name of the specific service, such as "BIXI".

Apple Maps started including bike sharing data about a year ago with a different partnership, but it was in limited to New York City, Paris, and London. But this is a big improvement over existing data.

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As TechCrunch notes Apple Maps doesn't show bike availability or empty spots for now, but hopefully that will come soon.

Apple's web mapping service app called Apple Maps now displays information on bike-sharing services across the United States and many other countries.

But it can be quite useful if you're traveling to another city and you want to ride a bike. Some of the services now supported include Citi Bike in New York City, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, Santander Cycles in London, BIXI in Montreal, CityCycle in Brisbane, and nextbike in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, among many others. However, it does not provide information on a startup that's operating a dock-less bike-sharing service. I tried looking for stations in smaller cities and it also works in European cities with hundreds of thousands of people.