During a recent trip to the US, our content team member Kate had a chance to explore Washington DC using the popular Capital Bikeshare program.
Kate used Rome2rio on her phone to plan her journey around town, but craved an additional feature – an easy way to view a list of all bike share stations near her current location.
This feature request came up last month at our annual company retreat on the Sunshine Coast, near Brisbane. The retreat is partly a hackathon, giving the team a chance to focus on new features and ideas that wouldn’t normally get prioritized.
Kate’s use-case struck a chord with the team. We decided to build a new Stations near me feature that displays directions to nearby train, bus, tram, and bike share stations.
To access the new feature on your mobile device, simple click the Nearby button on the search screen and select Stations near me.
Rome2rio displays a list of nearby stops and the walking distance to each. For example, from our offices at 41 Stewart St, Richmond we see a variety of nearby train, bus, tram and bike share stations listed:
Our focus at Rome2rio is on providing comprehensive inter-city trip planning. However, we are seeing increased usage by travelers planning trips around the city they’re in, not just between cities. Give Stations near me a spin in your hometown, or next time you’re on the road.