Apple Maps has been updated to include data from Ito World, which means it now knows where stations are for 176 bike share systems in 179 cities around the world. Users will still want to continue using dedicated apps for various bike sharing devices, but this is a nice update for Apple Maps nonetheless.
We first learned about Apple working on bike-sharing information into Maps last April, but the company's partnership with Ito World provides the them with a large portfolio of bike-sharing data.
The list of supported bike services in each city isn't comprehensive, but Apple may add more in the future. Through a partnership with Ito World, the data includes locations for bike-sharing points from several different providers in over 175 cities across 36 countries.
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Launched late past year, Ito World's bike share data feed is the first commercially available, global bike sharing data set provided as a single feed. I hope the company is going to add this in an upcoming update. So, for users that often rely on these shared bikes for regular travel, Apple Maps won't be a big help there. It doesn't tell you if a startup is operating a dock-less bike-sharing service in that city, so you'll have to open the Mobike, Ofo or oBike app yourself.
The maps app lists Citi Bike in NYC, Divvy in Chicago, Biketown in Portland, BIXI in Montreal, and Velib in Paris.