How It Works
With a Strava subscription, you can automatically generate personalized running or riding routes from the location of your choosing. Route recommendations are based on public Strava activities and open-source data from OpenStreetMap. We create them by selecting popular waypoints nearby that match your search criteria, and then we generate a looped course around those waypoints using alignment data to optimize the route.
Suggested routes use the data we have available. They may not be perfect and conditions may change, so always use your best judgment, be safe, and follow the rules of the road or trail.
Searching for and Saving Routes
Strava will default to using your current location as a starting point. You can select Current Location in the upper left-hand corner of the map to search for a different location, or long-press on the map to drop a pin at a new location. To further personalize your generated routes, use the following options:
- Sport Type: Choose between running and riding to generate routes optimized for each sport.
- Distance: Select a distance that is around what you’re looking for, and we’ll find the best route near that distance. In order to provide the highest quality route, distances may vary from the exact selection.
- Elevation: You can opt to avoid hills or maximize elevation. Our ability to minimize or maximize elevation gain will be dependent on the terrain around your chosen location.
- Surface: We’ll search for a route that best meets your preferences for mostly paved or dirt route. A dirt route may include gravel roads, trail, and rocky terrain. If you’re looking for the best route regardless of surface, choose “Any” for surface type.
The suggested routes can be saved to your My Routes page directly from the Routes page or from the individual route details page. You can select the icon in the upper right-hand corner to view your saved routes.
- Enter a new name for the route if you wish.
- Under Privacy, toggle the option for Everyone ON if you’d like the route to be visible to other athletes on your my routes page. If you don’t select this option the route will only be visible to you.
Why aren’t the routes starting from my current location?
Make sure that you have allowed the Strava app to access your location from your phone’s settings. App-specific settings can be found under Privacy > Location Services on iOS devices and Settings > Apps on Android devices but the setting its locations may differ slightly depending on the device.
How is the route surface determined?
We incorporate both crowdsourced data from OpenStreetMap and our own data on bike frames that athletes use to determine surface types on routes worldwide.
How is the route’s time estimate determined?
This is the estimated moving time for riding routes are calculated using your four-week average speed. For running routes, we use your average grade adjusted pace for your previous four weeks and a grade adjusted length of the route.
How can I follow a route once I’ve saved it?
On the Strava mobile app, select the route icon on the lower left of the record screen. Click the route you wish to follow and select Use Route to load the route on the record screen for navigation. More information can be found here. If you record with a Garmin device, you can automatically sync your saved routes to Garmin. Lastly, you can download a TCX or GPX version of the route from the Strava website and upload the file to any device that accepts routes files in these formats.