Bikeshare program information for 110 different major cities around the world is now available in just a single smartphone app — the trip planning app Moovit — according to recent reports.
The new update for the app (version 4.8) even allows users to check on the number of bikes available for use, and the number of empty slots at various stations for dropping bikes off after use.
Most major American and European cities are included amongst the 110 cities with bike sharing programs featured by the app — with New York City, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, San Francisco, and Tel Aviv, among others, being accounted for.
Moovit’s Vice President of Product, Yovav Meydad, stated: “The bike program is a part of our promise to the users to be the omnisearch for any means of transit that can get them to their destination, in the quickest and most efficient way.”
“More and more cities are understanding the benefits of giving developers access to data about public transit, as well as bikes. This way developers can create unique and useful apps to help people navigate. The city benefits as well, making it greener and less congested.”
Geektime provides more:
When opening the new version, the screen will include directions on how to get to the station and how many bikes are available. If you are returning a bike, it will let you know if there is an open spot to park it.
…In looking ahead, Meydad says that they expect to see the list of cities working with them on the bike programs to grow in the near future.
An interesting point brought up in the article quoted above was with regard to the unreliability of some of the bikesharing systems linked via the app (Tel Aviv’s system was singled out) — if the system itself is unreliable, what good will the information provided by the app be? Certainly a good question — though, one would presume that users will work out the degree of usefulness themselves pretty quickly, so it should be a problem with a short lifespan.