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You may have noticed bikes and scooters docked every few blocks in your city. Lime bikes and scooters (iOS, Android) have sprung up as initiatives in certain cities to help reduce traffic and carbon emissions.

To give users the full range of transportation options, Google Maps (iOS, Android) is adding Lime bikes and scooters to its app.

Here's how to find the nearest bikes and scooters for rent in your city:

  1. Open the Google Maps app
  2. Put in your destination
  3. Tap the public transportation tab (the one that looks like a bus)
  4. Scroll down and tap Lime

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Maps will give you an approximate cost of Lime's service based on the distance, how near you are to the scooter, the scooter's battery life, and how long it'll take you to reach your destination.

If you choose to use Lime's services, you'll need to download the app.

Maps' addition of more eco-friendly transportation is not only positive for the environment, but helpful for people who don't own vehicles. The app's display of public transportation allows for easy price comparison so you can make the best choice.

If you don't see the Lime option, your city might not have gotten the new feature from Google Maps yet. Currently Maps has added Lime transit to 13 cities:

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore Maryland
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Diego, California
  • Oakland, California
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Jose, California
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Seattle, Washington
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Takeaways

  1. To give users the full range of transportation options, Google Maps is adding Lime bikes and scooters to its app.
  2. Maps will give you an approximate cost of Lime's service based on the distance, how near you are to the scooter, the scooter's battery life, and how long it'll take you to reach your destination.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.