Maps on both the Strava mobile app and website will include a Points of Interest map layer that will help you find the best spots in your area to start your activity and useful locations throughout your activity.
Points of Interest are community-powered local hot spots that help you get around and make your runs, rides, and hikes safer and more fun. Hot spots could include bike shops, cafes, water fountains, restrooms, photo spots, and other popular sites.
Start Points are popular spots that people start their runs, rides, or walks from, like parking lots or trailheads, and can only be found on Strava. We use de-identified and aggregate public community data to see which locations get clusters of uploads from athletes, and place the top ones on the map.
Using Points of Interest for Route Planning
All athletes will be able to see the Points of Interest map layer, but subscribers can plan routes accordingly from the Maps tab or our Routebuilder on the Strava website. To create a route from one of the suggested Start Points, navigate to Maps > Routes from the Strava mobile app. Then simply long-press on the point and your route recommendations will adjust.
How Points of Interest Are Generated
Points of Interest we show are points derived from OpenStreetMap that our data show as being popular with Strava athletes. Certain places will be shown over others based on how popular they are with our community. We try our best to generate authentic and appropriate Points of Interest with the data we have available. If you notice that something looks off, please contact our team by following the instructions here.
We use similar privacy standards to populate Points of Interest that we utilize for Strava Metro and the Global Heatmap. You can learn more about those practices here.
If one of the points is inaccurate (bathroom is closed or water fountain isn’t on, for example) how do I report it for the rest of the community?
We ask that you report any issues to our maps data provider, OpenStreetMap, to reflect accurately on Strava Maps. This article has details on how.
Where can I submit a Point of Interest for inclusion on the map?
You can submit the location to our maps data provider, OpenStreetMap using the instructions found here.
If I don’t want my activities contributing to Points of Interest, what should I do?
- To exclude all your activities from the Points of Interest dataset, disable the toggle to 'Include my activities on Metro and Heatmap'. More information on how to change this setting can be found here.
- To exclude individual activities from the Points of Interest dataset, change the activity’s privacy controls to ‘Only You’. More information on how to change this setting can be found here.
Do hidden portions of an activity affect Points of Interest?
We don’t take any information from maps that our community hides when we generate ‘popular’ points of interest. If you’ve hidden part or all of an activity’s map, your data would not be considered in determining a location’s ‘popularity’
If I own a business and don’t want it to show on Strava Maps, what should I do?
If you’re a business owner and don’t want to appear on Strava Maps, you can remove the business info in OSM.