Apple Maps has been updated with several new immersive features to make commuting and navigating through cities easier for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, public transit users, and others. Its cycling directions feature is now available in new cities in the United States.
On iOS 15, the Apple Maps users can get detailed cycling directions on their iPhone or Apple Watch including bike lanes, routes on bike paths, bike-friendly roads (when available), and much more. “Hey Siri” support enables users to start directions to their favorite or frequently visited destination quickly.
More immersive details like elevation for the ride, how busy a road is, and alternative routes to avoid hills can also be previewed. And support for voice navigation provides users with cycling-specific directions for turns and maneuvers.
Apple Maps’ cycling directions coverage expanded to seven new cities in the United States
Earlier this month, the Northeastern expansion of the cycling feature included Washington and the New York States. The feature’s new Midwest Expansion #6, includes the following areas:
- West Virginia
The cycling feature was previously available in the following regions:
- Las Vegas
- New Mexico
As per the announcement, Maps’ cycling directions feature will be released in Texas and Gulf Coast areas next.
How to easily get directions for cycling on Apple Maps
Users can start cycling direction in two ways:
- Say “Hey Siri, give me cycling directions to school.”
- Or, on the Maps, tap on the desired direction or touch or hold anywhere on the map for the directions menu to appear.
In the directions menu, tap on the bicycle icon for Maps to show the cycling route.