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Londoners log most commutes on Strava’s second annual Global Bike to Work Day

Initiative which Strava say offset 1,580 tons of carbon is aimed at helping city authorities around the world plan infrastructure for cyclists

London commuters logged more rides on Strava’s Global Bike to Work Day than cyclists from any other city, the company has revealed, with more than a quarter of a million rides shared worldwide.

The social network says that 276,818 commutes were logged by 180,539 cyclists, who together rode a total of 5.3 million kilometres.

The initiative was introduced last year and is designed to highlight how the company helps city planners improve infrastructure for cyclists through Strava Metro, which works with local authorities in cities including London, Glasgow, Sydney and Los Angeles.

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Commutes were posted by cyclists from 170 countries last Thursday, with participation levels 94 per cent up on the first edition last year.

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Strava say there was a 94% increase in the number of cyclists on Strava who tagged a ride as a commute on Global Bike to Work Day vs the average weekday in April and May 2017.

The top countries by participation in Strava Global Bike to Work Day were:
United Kingdom
USA
Germany
Brazil
Australia 

The top cities were:
London (64% increase vs 2016) 
Amsterdam (16% increase vs 2016)
San Jose (87% increase vs 2016)
San Francisco (66% increase vs 2016)
Melbourne (42% increase vs 2016)

By country, the United Kingdom led, with the United States second, followed by Germany, Brazil and Australia.

In terms of city, London saw more commutes posted than anywhere else, with Amsterdam second then San Jose, San Francisco and Melbourne.

Ahead of this year's Global Bike to Work Day, Strava's director of local marketing, Simon Klima, said; "Every time you commute on Strava, you can make a difference.

“The Strava community can show urban planners how to improve infrastructure for your local area.

“Last year, Strava members who joined our first-ever Global Bike to Work Challenge recorded nearly 80,000 commutes in a single day across the globe.

“By hosting this Challenge for the second year, we hope to see an even greater movement of cyclists take to the roads."

He added: “We want to continue to show our commitment and give back to the worldwide community, aiming to make our towns and cities better.” 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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