Apple Maps just added bike-sharing data for 175 cities

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Apple Maps is also showing data for Toronto, as Bike Share Toronto is listed, along with Bike House and a station at U of T Scarborough.

Though the latest update is a big thing, it isn't enough to lure users of more sophisticated apps for bike-sharing information.

The update includes the ability to track bike-sharing availability in a some 175 cities around the world.

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"Those in Montreal using the BIXI bike sharing service can type "bike sharing" or BIXI" in the search bar to locate the nearest BIXI station.

Once again, Apple chose to integrate an existing data set instead of putting together this data in-house.

Ito World has helped out with so many companies to license and normalize bike-sharing data. Let's be honest, bike sharing isn't equivalent to the Mario Kart skin Google rolled out to Google Maps for MAR10 Day, but it's a good start. Different cities will have different bike sharing services with different names. However, it does not provide information on a startup that's operating a dock-less bike-sharing service.

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Users of the sobi Hamilton bike sharing service can search for stations using the same method. Hence you will have to take to Google to find such services in your locality.

Apple Maps doesn't actually tell you the number of bikes available. The Apple and Ito World partnership is simply a strive by the former to stay relevant to Google Maps. This makes Apple Maps a solid application for guidance around your local area.

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