Map-based Explore feature for Activity Search
The process of finding and comparing activities on Strava feels like it should be so much easier. Perhaps taking cues from sites like Trulia or Redfin could improve the design of the Activity Search, making it super simple to quickly and easily find an activity that meets your needs.
When you click on Activity Search today, it starts out by showing a blank page with filter controls on the side. When you search, you see a long list of names, most of which are formatted like "MM/DD/YY City, State". It is hard to differentiate between them, without seeing them all on a map. With the way that this feature is currently designed, I end up opening browser tabs for each activity to try and compare them. It's really frustrating! And there's no way to see the popularity of each activity.
Including a map, in addition to the list view and filter controls would be really helpful. The map could start out by showing your current city, and you could zoom in from there or enter in a different location. It'd be great if you could also have a setting to have the map default to my home address or current location. The map would show the N most popular activities in view. The list would rank those N activities by popularity (based on segment frequency). Hovering over each activity shown on the map or in the list would expose its full route. You could then filter the results list by location (i.e. zooming in on the map), in addition to using the existing filter controls (e.g. type, distance, time, elevation gain).