With Pride Month underway, Google is adding one small but useful feature in Maps and Search to help transgender, non-binary and gender-compliant individuals. Local listings may now contain a mention of whether a company has gender-neutral baths. You will see that information listed under the amenity section of the tab about it. As before, it is also possible if a company identifies itself as a transgender safe space.
This is not the only news that the company is adding to Maps. In another timely addition (after all, it’s World Bicycle Day on June 3), this expands the availability of bicycle sharing information. By the end of 2021, the company says the feature is working on more than that 100 more cities in 25 countries, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Portland, Miami and Boston. You can use this feature to find bike sharing stations, and also to see how many bikes are available in each.
However, it is a significant expansion. When Google first added bike sharing information to Maps, it was available 24 cities in 16 countries. The addition comes as more and more people look to the company for cycling directions and information. According to Google, it shows that people use Maps to go on bike rides which are, on average, 10 percent longer than they took in 2020.
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