How to Get A Bike Route Map from Apple Maps on Your iPhone

Cyclists can get biking directions with a combination of bike paths, bike lanes, and roads safe for biking. You can even choose a route that avoids hills!

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Have you ever wished that your iPhone could map a bike ride for you? The Apple Maps app got a great update with iOS 14. Now, Apple Maps users can get biking directions that include turn-by-turn directions, elevations, options to avoid hills, and even information about how busy roads are. Cycling directions are currently limited to urban areas, but, over time, more and more areas will be included.  Let's go over how to get the Maps app to map your bike ride. 

Related: How to Create a Guide in Apple Maps in iOS 14

How To Get Biking Directions from the Apple Maps App on Your iPhone

We've already gone over several great uses for Apple's Maps app, including how to save and share a location in the Apple Maps app and how to avoid toll roads in Google and Apple Maps. Check out our free Tip of the Day to learn more great ways to use your Apple Devices. Now, let's go over how to use the latest Apple Maps Feature; cycling directions! To begin:

  1. Open the Maps app.
  2. Say, "Hey, Siri, give me cycling directions to work, please." 
  3. If you don't want to use Siri, tap your destination on the map or touch and hold any location on the map.
  4. Now, tap Directions.

    apple maps apptap directions
  5. Tap the Bike icon.
  6. Toggle on Hills and/or Busy Roads if you'd like to avoid either or both of these obstacles.

    tap the bike icontoggle on hills or busy roads
  7. Tap the route you want, then tap Go.

    tap go to begin your bike route
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.