Strava Heatmap shows worldwide activity on a single day

Nearly 5 million miles of Strava activities displayed on a zoomable heatmap of the world

by David Arthur   August 6, 2013  

strava loho.png

If you’ve ever wondered how many other people use Strava in your area, or just how early some cyclists get up on a weekend, then Strava’s Heatmap, which compiles every single activity uploaded to its website on Saturday July 20th, allows you to do exactly that.

Strava took every single activity logged on that single day - totalling 4,890,000 miles in over 326,000 hours - and overlaid the data onto a map of the world. You can move around the map and check out how much activity there is in other parts of the world, and zoom in to take a closer look. It’s a fascinating snapshot of a busy weekend day, and shows where Strava is really popular, and the busiest segments. Like Box Hill and Alpe d'Huez which both glow brightly.

There’s a slider at the top of the page that lets you look at rides first thing in the morning and later in the afternoon. Funnily enough, last weekend just happened to be the annual running of the Dunwich Dynamo, and is clearly visible as the only activity in the UK during the early hours of the morning.

Take a look at it here.

28 user comments

Oldest firstNewest firstBest rated

Was really hoping to see a lone rider in North Korea.

posted by TeamCC [146 posts]
6th August 2013 - 16:17

22 Likes

Sweet!

posted by sfichele [100 posts]
6th August 2013 - 16:18

24 Likes

Very clever.
9am-10am and the UK is by far the shining light!

Noelieboy's picture

posted by Noelieboy [89 posts]
6th August 2013 - 16:37

22 Likes

Wonder what was going on in texas in the middle of the night Smile

Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 16.42.46.png
Dave Atkinson's picture

posted by Dave Atkinson [7388 posts]
6th August 2013 - 16:43

21 Likes

Strava appears to be more popular in the UK than elsewhere... Confused

nowasps's picture

posted by nowasps [253 posts]
6th August 2013 - 16:57

21 Likes

Dave Atkinson wrote:
Wonder what was going on in texas in the middle of the night Smile

Does Pac-Man own a bike?

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
6th August 2013 - 17:19

21 Likes

cripes...we in the UK are mental for a bit of strava.

posted by mrchrispy [293 posts]
6th August 2013 - 18:11

22 Likes

chrispy likes this

looks like you can see part of the route from the wiggle peak district punisher sportive. very cool

posted by mrchrispy [293 posts]
6th August 2013 - 18:14

18 Likes

I have been suggesting to friends that this would be a great way of determining the focus of transport planning for cyclists - if this was passed onto the DfT or TFL it could be a way on ensuring the popular routes are given a focus for cycle infrastructure investment.

Obviously you'd want a working week for that map - but I wonder if anyone at TFL of the DfT have looked at this with any great thought.

botoxking's picture

posted by botoxking [32 posts]
6th August 2013 - 18:32

24 Likes

botox, I think you're on to something but its only part of the information. Remember this is one section of a cycling community who are hooked on Strava (inc. me) and so it gives a distorted view of cycling. There are a huge number of cyclists who don't care about data and oftentimes they will be the ones that need the most looking after on the road. Box Hill and Alpe d'Huez dont need road improvements ( in this context) though they are very populated by cyclists.

Cool data show though. If it was the Aug 4th surrey would be a floodlight.

Global Nomad

posted by Global Nomad [6 posts]
6th August 2013 - 19:17

18 Likes

It's the evening of Dunwich Dynamo - roll forward to 11pm-Midnight and see the track heading for the Suffolk Coast (from London) Cool! Cool

posted by PaulChilly [3 posts]
6th August 2013 - 21:22

17 Likes

Sunday 4 August might have been enlightening!

posted by Nigel Jennings [8 posts]
6th August 2013 - 22:08

21 Likes

It looks great! Can we see this done for any times of the day or days if the week too. I think you would see a better picture and far different results on different days. Why July 20th too? Bit random!

Mattrb78

posted by Mattrb78 [21 posts]
6th August 2013 - 23:22

29 Likes

nowasps wrote:
Strava appears to be more popular in the UK than elsewhere... Confused

Indeed. I wonder what it tells us about the psyche of us Brits that we feel compelled to record, share and compare every ride.

Low Speed Wobble's picture

posted by Low Speed Wobble [140 posts]
7th August 2013 - 5:49

20 Likes

It's not just us, the dutch and belgians seem pretty strava-mad too.

though france seems almost pitch-black! In fact i wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the strava traffic on the Alp etc was from visitors, especially brits.

My ride oxford-silverstone is in there, too, wrong turn and all.

PJ McNally's picture

posted by PJ McNally [587 posts]
7th August 2013 - 7:56

16 Likes

In response to I wonder what was happing in Texas:

Lance !!!!

BCC

posted by BearstedCC [48 posts]
7th August 2013 - 9:06

15 Likes

Midnight Tron, is happening in Texas

posted by lolol [118 posts]
7th August 2013 - 9:23

20 Likes

Looks like there was a fair size group on the Dunwich Dynamo route in the night too:
[url]http://app.strava.com/saturday-heatmap#0|3|10|52.11740|1.08374[/url]

posted by benezeir [57 posts]
7th August 2013 - 9:45

19 Likes

This is really, really cool! Almost more interesting than the places that see a lot of use are the places that don't. Lincolnshire for instance...

posted by wrevilo [47 posts]
7th August 2013 - 10:00

15 Likes

I'm assuming (or maybe I missed it) that all the time zones are synchronised?

posted by Cycle_Jim [281 posts]
7th August 2013 - 10:35

18 Likes

Up and down the Yarra Boulevard in Melbourne, still popular I see.

posted by lolol [118 posts]
7th August 2013 - 11:10

12 Likes

Timezone-wise - I think they have collected data for a day centered somewhere in the USA, but then shown all "1pm rides" on the map at the same time.

Look at the Dunwich Dynamo - there's a massive track starting at midnight to 6am on Saturday - this is obviously midnight to 6am on *Sunday* UK time.

So a bit of a bug, but at least it shows the entire Dynamo Smile

posted by dockhill [8 posts]
7th August 2013 - 11:36

17 Likes

PaulChilly wrote:
It's the evening of Dunwich Dynamo - roll forward to 11pm-Midnight and see the track heading for the Suffolk Coast (from London) Cool! Cool

Thanks Paul, that really is inspiring.

posted by robert_obrien [117 posts]
7th August 2013 - 11:37

14 Likes

Kudos to the lone rider in Mongolia.

posted by Joshmo [10 posts]
7th August 2013 - 12:31

14 Likes

Its funny how Singapore comes alive at 5am. You UK testers have another hour in bed Wink

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [193 posts]
7th August 2013 - 12:40

14 Likes

No wonder France struggles to find a Tour winner, no one there rides bikes

posted by lycra vs lager [19 posts]
7th August 2013 - 15:35

17 Likes

seanieh66 wrote:
Its funny how Singapore comes alive at 5am. You UK testers have another hour in bed Wink

In Singapore, 04:30 was a good start time for a 140km ride, otherwise it was too damn hot, humid and full of car drivers with no respect.

posted by CarbonBreaker [81 posts]
8th August 2013 - 12:55

13 Likes

I am going through this post and thinking of it’s theme and trying to understand what is this post about. At last I can have found something from this post which feels pretty good.

posted by JackWitson [6 posts]
26th December 2013 - 8:32

6 Likes