How to Avoid Hills & Busy Roads in Apple Maps Cycling Directions

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When I’m going on a longer bike ride or one in an unfamiliar area, I always consult Apple Maps to plan my cycling route. A new feature from Apple Maps makes this even easier, and more personalized; users can now avoid hills and busy roads! This is excellent news for those of us who are a little out of shape, and who would rather avoid excessive encounters with cars when possible. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to planning a cycling route with no hills and no busy streets in Apple Maps.

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How to Change Cycling Directions Settings in Apple Maps

This process is quick and easy to customize. Here’s how to change and select your preferred Apple Maps settings for cycling.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Maps.

    Open SettingsOpen Maps settings
  3. Scroll down and find the Directions section on this page (not the Preferred Type of Travel section.)
  4. Tap on the Cycling option.

    Directions SettingsTap on Cycling
  5. You’ll see two toggles. Tap each toggle to switch them on.

    Tap to switch toggles on or off

Now both hills and busy roads will be avoided. If you choose to, you can easily opt to switch just one toggle on and leave the other off—it’s up to you.

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How to Change Other Directions Settings in Apple Maps

We’ve covered cycling settings for Apple Maps, but there are other quick ways to customize your Apple Maps experience. Here are some other ideas.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Maps.

    Open SettingsOpen Maps settings
  3. In the Preferred Type of Travel section you can select any of the four options as your default preference.
  4. In the Directions section you can tap on any of the four options to further customize your Apple Maps preferences.

    Preferred Type of Travel SettingsDirections Settings

Now that you’re more acquainted with the settings in Apple Maps, you can enjoy safer and simpler travel.

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Erin MacPherson

Erin is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.