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.