The company has partnered with Ito World (a data company specialising in global transportation challenges) to integrate the data into Apple Maps. Apple Maps already included some bike sharing data, but according to TechCrunch, the partnership means Apple Maps now has bike sharing data in more than 175 cities in 36 countries. Users will still want to continue using dedicated apps for various bike sharing devices, but this is a nice update for Apple Maps nonetheless. 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".
As TechCrunch notes Apple Maps doesn't show bike availability or empty spots for now, but hopefully that will come soon. Since there are, as Ito World's data indicates, dozens and dozens of bike sharing services, you can't go to a different city and just expect to find your familiar service.
Overall the new bike-sharing network sitting within Apple Maps make it easier for travellers to access more than 12,810 point of interest.
The maps app lists Citi Bike in NYC, Divvy in Chicago, Biketown in Portland, BIXI in Montreal, and Velib in Paris. How about a Citi Bike in NY?