Google Maps has offered directions specifically for bikes for years now, and the app also can show you where to find bike-sharing locations.
Today, Google is mashing those two options together and showing docked bike-share info in the directions which means if you do not have your own bike, it will route you to the nearest bike-sharing location and include the closest drop-off spot to your final destination as well. Basically, it combines walking directions to and from the bike pick-up and drop-off with the best biking route.
Since Google Maps already has live bike availability for a variety of bike share partners, you would not blindly be directed to a spot only to find there are no bikes available. Some cities will also include links from Google Maps directly to the bike-sharing service of choice, as well.
As with so many Google updates, this one is rolling out over the “coming weeks,” so do not be surprised if it is not an option immediately.
Google says it will be available in 10 cities to start: Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC and New York City are the US options. It will also work in London, Mexico City, Montreal, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Tapei and New Tapei City.