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Apple Maps finally adds cycling-specific routing for Seattle bicyclists

Which way will you go? Various Seattle routes and times are show in Apple Maps after selecting cycling-specific routing. (Apple Maps screenshots)

For years, Apple Maps has lacked the cycling-specific routing that for a decade has made Google Maps the popular choice among bicyclists. Not anymore. With the recently updated iPhone software, Apple tucked a nice Seattle surprise into Maps, according to MacRumors. 

Along with bicycle routing, the new cycling functions add elevation changes, traffic density, and off-bike features within a route such as stairs.

App users simply click on the bicycle icon after seeking directions to a specific location. They can choose things to avoid on routes, such as hills or busy roads, and set cycling as a preferred transportation mode by default.

While cycling directions have had a limited place in Apple Maps for a short time — Portland, California, London, and mainland China have been recently added — the addition of Seattle is a welcome improvement, said Paul Tolme, spokesman for Cascade Bicycle Club.

“We are excited that Apple is making it easier for people to choose to pedal instead of using a car,” Tolme said.

Apple has plans to add additional cities in the coming months. 

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