You will now be able to use Google Maps to see the location of bike sharing stations and to check how many bikes are available
, provided you live in one of the 23 big cities that Google has just added to the service that it started testing last year in New York City.
Bike sharing is an eco-friendly way to commute and it's extremely popular in European capitals, which will be among the first to get support for the feature. In the US, Google Maps will now start showing bike sharing information for Chicago, Los Angeles, and the San Fran Bay Area in addition to New York.
This new functionality is possible thanks to data by Ito World, a service that has the location of bike sharing stations, has information about the number of bikes there, as well as shows whether there is an available spot for you to dock your bike when you arrive.
Here is the full list of the 23 cities that are getting the bike sharing information.
- Los Angeles
- Mexico City
- New Taipei City
- Rio de Janeiro
- San Francisco Bay Area
- São Paulo
Google Maps has been implementing shared vehicle information and aids not just with bike sharing, but it has also gained the ability to show nearby Lime scooters and bikes in December 2018.
Finally, it's worth mentioning that the new feature is available on both iOS and Android, and Google is planning to add information about bike sharing in more cities in the future.