Today, Google Maps announced that it will feature a shared bike line navigation feature in 10 cities, including Citi Bike in New York and Santander Cycles in London. The principle is to include cycling and walking navigation planning between two shared bike sites between the starting locations. But as early as 2018, Google has offered similar services for Lime’s scooters and shared bikes.
Google said the update was in response to bike promotion policies in several cities to provide people with a way to travel with environmental protection and social alienation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since February, the number of Google Maps-based route navigation plans has increased by 69%, and last month’s figures also set a new record, in addition to the new ride navigation feature scouring Google Maps’ partnership with Ito World.
In the coming weeks, Google will expand the feature to 10 cities, including Chicago, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C., London, Mexico City, Montreal, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Chinese Taipei and New North.
Google Maps is also expected to introduce bike navigation for shared bikes to more cities in the coming months.