Routes on Web

Creating Routes

With a Strava subscription, you can create new routes from scratch by clicking the Create New Route button near the top of the My Routes page. Use the panel on the left-hand side to set your preferences, including whether you’d like a mostly paved or dirt route.

  • Choose between running, riding, walking, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, or gravel biking to generate routes optimized for each sport. If you choose a trail sport, dirt surfaces will be favored during route planning.
  • Select whether you’d like your route to follow the most popular or direct route, whether you’d like to minimize or maximize elevation, and whether you’d prefer paved or dirt surfaces.
  • Using the global heatmap layer or showing the segments along your route is a great way to discover new routes that are popular in the Strava community.
  • Click on the icon highlighted below to reverse the direction of the route.

While creating your route, you can click on the map to select waypoints or search for a location, landmark, or address you’d like to include in the route with the search bar at the top of the page. The map will jump to a waypoint for the chosen location, and you’ll have the option to add it to your route.


Before you save your route, you have the option to mark your route as private. Private routes can only be seen by you. Private routes can be made public at any time by editing the route, clicking Save, toggling activity visibility to Public, and clicking Save to My Routes.

More information on following a route can be found here.

Estimated Moving Time for a Strava Route

Your estimated moving time for a route is calculated by your 4-week average speed or pace. On your profile, you'll see your average distance per week and your average time per week based on your last 4 weeks of activities. We take that average to estimate your moving time for the route. If you share the route, the estimated moving time will be adjusted based on the viewer's profile stats.

Improving Routes

The underlying map data for routes comes from our map provider, OpenStreetMap. If you notice any problems with the map used for routes, you can report those problems directly to OSM:


Why does the map look blank when I try to create a route?

Athletes using an older version of certain browsers may see a blank page where the map should be loading. We recommend updating your primary browser to the latest version or trying another browser entirely.


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