By NYC Bike Share
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The official Citi Bike℠ App is the perfect co-pilot for all your biking adventures in the city. From station locations to bike availability to route planning, and now with tips from The Scoop by The New York Times, you’ll even know where to find a great latté or steak. You’ll have all the info you need to unlock the possibilities of New York. With 600 planned locations in New York, there'll be more Citi Bike stations than tattoo parlors. To find one, just explore the map, which shows every station in the city with a simple pin that also gives bike and dock availability. Or use the search bar and check out all the stations near your chosen location. Soon you'll know your way around town better than a New York cabbie. Just tap a station pin or location and the app will sniff out the quickest way to your destination before you can say, "Hey, I'm early again." Whether you're searching for Citi Bike stations, restaurants, stores, museums or anything else, there's nothing you won't have an answer for. The search results will always list stations at the top of the list and include bike/space availability at a glance.
As updated station and bike information becomes available, it will automatically be reflected
in the app.
What's New in Version 3.3.0
- Bug fixes
- Map improvements, such as toggling between bike and station availability
- Updated information
Better, but still pretty bad
So this is definitely an improvement over the previous version, which would constantly crash, and didn't update in real time. I LOVE that it now has the option to display bike lanes on the map. That said there are some issues that remain that make this still a pretty bad app.
Most noticeably it runs very slow. I felt like I was getting single digit fps on my 5c, which, while not the latest and most powerful, certainly should be recent enough to run what is essentially google maps with a graphics overlay without this kind of slowdown. They changed the indicator to show how full/empty a docking station is, but they are kind of hard to read, especially on a smaller, non 6 or 6plus display. It is very nice that these update in real time, although let's be real, that's a feature that should have been available day one.
This has a few things going for it and with some performance upgrades could be a great app. No other 3rd party apps that I'm aware of offer real time updates, but as it stands now, a third party app like availabike is probably a better option.
Is there a reason why the app can’t link up with your CitiBike account? Would be much easier to check that a bike was successfully returned using the app rather than trying to login to your account on a browser. Seems like a pretty foolproof idea and yet...
This new update is slow, buggy and crashes on every use!