What is Strava Metro?

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 metro.strava.com to learn more.


The Heatmap on Strava Labs is a visualization of a large collection of GPS points recorded by Strava users. For example, a popular street for cyclists looks like a bright line in the Heatmap. Please note, the Heatmap is only regenerated approximately once every quarter so any changes made to your privacy settings will not be reflected until the heatmap is updated. Visit labs.strava.com/heatmap to see the Heatmap for your area.

User Privacy

User information, private activities and portions of activities in privacy zones are excluded from Strava Metro and the Heatmap automatically. If you make changes to any of the following after a Heatmap has been published, these updates will not be reflected on the map until the next basemap update: deleted activities, activities changed to private and selecting Metro/Heatmap opt out. 

Please note: this data can only be viewed in aggregate and is never exposed on a per-user basis.

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