Google Maps now shows the location of bike sharing docks and if there are any bikes that you can grab and ride now.
If you have already rented a bike, the app also tells you if there is room in the dock to leave it.
In December, Google introduced an option to find nearby Lime scooters and bicycles, but this feature has now been expanded to include all bike rental schedules. It has also been expanded to 23 major cities in 16 countries.
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Google started testing this expanded version of the service in New York City last year, but has now expanded it to 23 other cities in North America and Europe.
These are: Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Bay Area , São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich. The company hopes to add more locations soon.
As The Verge reports, Google receives real-time data from Ito World – a company with which it already works to provide real-time information about bus travel in the UK.
The system is not yet perfect – bicycle docks are not shown on the map by default, so you have to look them up separately – but it would make it much easier to move around so that you can have a look at all nearby bike rentals. without having to use the app from any company.
The update is now available for iOS and Android, so keep an eye on it if you live in one of the supported cities.
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