What you need to know
- Apple has added cycling directions for Apple Maps in more areas.
- The feature is rolling out to Seattle and more areas in California.
Cycling directions for Apple Maps are coming to even more areas in the United States.
As reported by MacRumors, the feature, which rolled out with iOS 14 in the fall of 2020, is now available in Seattle and even more areas around California. According to the report, iPhone users in both areas have been receiving push notifications alerting them that the feature is now available.
iPhone users in Seattle and across California have been receiving push notifications letting them know about cycling direction availability this week, and these locations are now reflected on Apple's iOS feature availability page.
In addition to Seattle and California, Apple says cycling directions are available in mainland China, London, New York City, and Portland, Oregon.
Cycling directions, as Apple explains, takes into account "elevation, how busy a street is, and whether there are stairs along the route" in order to provide a number of different options when traveling by bike.
Maps makes it easier than ever to navigate and explore with new cycling directions, electric vehicle routing, and curated Guides. Cycling directions take into account elevation, how busy a street is, and whether there are stairs along the route. Electric vehicle routing adds charging stops along a planned route based on current vehicle charge and charger types.2 Guides provide a curated list of interesting places to visit in a city, created by a selection of trusted resources. Guides are a great way to find popular attractions, discover restaurants, and explore new recommendations from respected brands.
Apple's rollout of cycling directions has been slow, especially when compared to competing mapping services like Google Maps.