Strava Metro and the Global Heatmap

Strava Metro

By contributing your public activities to Strava Metro you will be helping to improve bike- and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure in your area. Strava Metro’s mission is to make cycling, running and walking in cities better. Strava Metro partners with departments of transportation and city planning groups to plan, measure and improve infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians.

To create a Strava Metro data set for a geographic area, Strava processes the activity data to remove all personal information linked to users data and aggregates it as counts to a street grid. For example, Strava Metro provides data about how many cyclists rode in which direction on a given street minute-by-minute but no information about which cyclists rode on the street. Visit to learn more.

The Global Heatmap

The Global Heatmap shows 'heat' made by aggregated, public activities over the last two years. Visit to see the heatmap for your area.

  • The heatmap is a snapshot of historical data and not updated in real time. The heatmap is updated monthly.
  • Private activities and portions of activities in privacy zones are excluded from Strava Metro and the Heatmap automatically. Other athletes recording on Strava within an athlete’s Privacy Zone may create “heat” on the map through that zone.
  • Athletes may opt out by updating their privacy settings. After opting out, an athlete’s contributions to the heatmap will be removed at the next monthly update.
  • Roads and trails with very little activity will not show “heat” until several different athletes upload activities in that area.
  • The heatmap is available to the public but only registered Strava athletes may zoom in to street-level details of activity on the heatmap.
  • Strava does not track athletes without their knowledge.


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