Apple is beginning to roll out its cycling directions feature in different cities. Apple users in LA received notifications today reminding them about the availability of this feature.
This was a new Apple Maps feature introduced with iOS 14 and is also supported on macOS Big Sur.
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Getting cycling directions via Apple Maps
When selecting the bike icon for cycling, Apple Maps shows you routes on bike paths, bike lanes, and, if available and noted bike-friendly roads.
Currently, Apple offers cycling directions for select areas only, including London, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, and selected cities in China.
When using Apple Maps on your iPhone, the feature quickly provides you with the following details.
- Check the Total elevation view of the route. This is definitely a plus tip for avid cyclists.
- Choice Between Side roads and shared roads OR Side roads and bike lanes
- Option to Avoid Hills and Busy Roads.
When using directions on Apple Maps, tap on the Cycling icon to get these details.
The directions also include turn-by-turn navigation, so you can use your Apple Watch for easy directions when you are not cycling on your favorite trail.
Plus, you can use Siri for your bike directions. Just ask, “Hey Siri, give me cycling directions (and insert your location.)”
We are not sure if the feature is being released throughout the US today or getting released in batches across cities.
Check your Apple Maps and see if you can get to the Cycling directions screen.