Search or Explore feature for Strava Routes

Map-based exploring/searching for Routes in the 'Explore' section, similar to the map-based segment explore that currently exists.

If someone has taken the time to create a route, chances are that route is a better indication for a good ride or run route than popular segments. 

Currently, when I'm in a new location, I use popular segments from the segment explorer to drill down to activities to ry and identify good routes, in combination with popularity in Route Builder and the Strava labs world heat map. It would be nice to not have to create my own route for every location I visit. Local knowledge is the best!

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  • Would also like to see a way to search through Routes on your own account, not sure if this is the same as what you are looking for, but Im going to add my vote to yours and maybe it will get us both what we are looking for!

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  • (Thanks for the support and for cheering for me Petros!)

    Back to Strava Routes - I think that Strava has a similar vision as you outlined in terms of Routes as a powerful community tool. I don't know when we'll revisit Routes and prioritize further development, but it's definitely on our list. 

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  • Hi,

    In order to add my feedback, I think it would be a great feature to have the ability to display our personnal heatmap in the Route builder. I think it could help to "explore" new areas when we want, or the stay on known roads when needed.

    I don't know if it would be better to open a new thread for that, but I thought it was globally appliable to the problematic of this thread.

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  • This is on our radar, but no current plans. Agreed it would be a great addition to the Route feature. Thanks for your feedback! 

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  • I'm new to strava and I don't understand: how do I search routes? I just made a new route, but I want to find other routes that are like mine.

    Well, I signed up for a trial of premium, I thought the feature might exist there. I can't find it. Just a simple route explorer would be fine.

     

    ...I don't think I'll keep premium for long without a route explorer.

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  • +1 being about to see friends routes would be a) really useful and b) really easy!

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  • I have stayed away from Strava for exactly the same reason:  I want routes.  MapMyRide has great routes, but its mobile interface is, frankly, is a work in progress.  If Strava ever were to develop routes, I'd switch.

    Back to MapMyRide!

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  • A business fails when it fails to listen to its customers!
    I note that Strava now ignores this thread!

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  • This is on our radar, but no current plans. Agreed it would be a great addition to the Route feature. Thanks for your feedback!"

    @Elle Anderson any further updates? 18 months is quite sometime for an obvious feature.

    Yesterday my girlfriend was going for a ride around our local hill. 35km's ish? There is no way for her to find this route. I have it on my phone but its not a few clicks for her to then find it on her Strava account. It could be so simple and as other people have said searching for a good run or suitable ride when you are travelling would be so simple and used loads.

    I am guessing maybe some kind of patent held by another company on being able to search for a GPS defined route? Something more complex than it appears must be holding this feature back!

    I have looked at other 'community new feature idea' posts and it seems 100 likes gets things moving on it.

    This 'New Feature Ideas' page is not easy to find. If Strava really wanted to gauge the importance it puts on new features then it should ask for feedback through the app and website rather than hide it here. I do think there would be some surprise within Strava to what needs to be acted on. This being a feature that should have been added years ago.



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    1. Make public routes visible in an index
    2. Allow searches in that index: text, distance from start to a given point, distance from end to a given point
    3. Allow user to like/save routes
    4. Strava gets a free and user maintained directory of greatest routes that drivers growth and engagement

    I am not a Strava Product Owner but if I was this seems a low effort, big impact feature that I would prioritise

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  • +1 to this.

    It isn't a hard feature to implement, most of the competition does this well and it is something that should come as standard in this type of software.

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  • I think share and organize route are important like activities.

    If I plan to ride in a place, I intrested to know the best routes in that place.

    Something like http://www.openrunner.com could be good ;-)

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  • Agreed this would be a great feature. As I'm traveling the US I'm personally not interested in KOM and tiny segments that mean nothing to me. A full route — even if it's made up of statistically connected/ridden-on-one-ride segments — means I can find a complete route that suites the time I have. For posterity, these are the route specs that would appeal to me:

    - length/distance

    - ascent/descent

    - popularity (how often the complete route (or 90% of it is ridden in one session) which translates loosely to safety and/or route quality)

    - terrain/s (percentage of road/bike path/trail/offroad etc. not a must have but would be nice)

    And a social nice to have would be similar to bandsintown's "RSVP for the show", where I may choose to ride a route I found at a particular date/time, say this coming saturday at 7am. I could potentially select that ahead of time and strava may show me others who are riding the route at the same time thatI could potentially ride with. Not 100%I'd use this but as I'm travelling it could be a nice way to meet local cyclists. (* this feature assumes some sort of privacy level where the other person has a public profile so I could see their level and/or message them about a potential riding buddy).

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  • +1

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  • Well there used to be a Strava Labs project called the Clusterer which was reasonably good ... you could set criteria (e.g distance) then it would show you popular routes in the area of your map zoom.

    But they seem to have pulled it down when everyone got their knickers in a twist about people who should know better turning on a GPS tracker and making their data public and thus lighting up 'sensitive locations'. Not like anyone interested wouldn't have already known about these before the Strava Global Heatmap came along!

    see here:

    https://cranxx.com/review/strava-labs-clusterer-route-explorer-tool/ 

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  • I just paid for a Strava membership and now see that I can't see routes and explore/download runs I'd like to take. This is like paying for cable and then realizing there is no list of programming.

    As you ought be able to discern from this years-long thread, this is a fundamental product need. The fact that you are the dominant tool with which people track their runs and do not provide this feature makes its absence...worse.

    I am canceling, but I'll be back when you're selling what i'm trying to buy.

     

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  • Yawn. Does Strava even have a development team? Or is it just a bunch of middle managers wondering how to cram my feed with SPAM. I reckon I could implement this feature in two days and I don't even know how to code. Sigh.

    I used to donate a fee to Strava monthly (because let's face it, Premium/Summit is a waste of money) as I supported the company. Not any more.

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  • I kind of wish Strava would just open source. I'd happily build this feature out myself.

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  • I thought finding and using other athletes routes should be evident but...

    On the strava support page for routes it says that you can star routes created by other athletes to save them to your routes page...

    Too bad I can't find any public routes on strava.com

    Please do implement this feature ASAP!

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  • Rob, this feature was requested five years ago so don't hold your breath. However... RideWithGPS has this ability to browse...  Just sayin'.  I've also discovered that RWGPS is now properly syncing with my ELEMNT so I don't bother with Strava Routes anymore.

    I've canceled my subscription to Strava b/c they seem too busy to implement much else other than ads.  Many of us have also requested private segments that you can share with friends and not keep open to the public, but that got about as much attention as this request.

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  • /End of complaining like a baby. 

    POI and route notes are essential for support once teh search/share features are done.

    A simple wiki/tag/comment system for popular routes to warn of changes and hazards would be such a strong featureset I bet you could pull in adventure/distance/endurance users who find themselves a little put off by the KOM-hunters/segment mashers and add a huge amount of (already present but still growing) goodwill amongst the community.

    This would be especially useful when travelling and planning routes for which little local information is easily accessible. For ex. "Avoid this route - no shoulder, high traffic at times" (and allow users to link to alternatives.)

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  • Great feedback @Petros! 

    We want to hear honest feedback like this. It's tough when there are so many things we could develop yet only a limited amount of time and bandwidth. Prioritization is tough. 

    I'm not sure if we'll get to either improvements to our Routes feature or to increased features around commuting this year, but both topics are perfectly positioned for work in the future. Both topics are important to us. Thanks for your patience! 

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  • It was a little harder providing firm(ish) feedback when the person you're conversing with is someone you spent much of cross season cheering for and/or reading about. /End Fan Swooning.

    I do think there's a larger discussion to be had - and while this is getting seriously OT, one thing that might help Strava would be to have a community-sortable-roadmap. Say "here are all the things users want to do, here are all the things devs want to do... go vote." And prioritize accordingly...

    I know a great many people for whom Strava strikes them as a very agro, training-oriented site. I don't find it like that at all; there's a sense of community amongst local rides and lots of encouragement/adventure-seeking.

    The route building issues (lack of sharing/notes/pois/warnings) mean they continually turns elsewhere like ride-with-gps, map my ride, etc. However, with Strava's heat-mapping abilities, and constantly growing data set about when, where and how people ride, you're (again Strava here) actually poised to really take advantage of community route-building.

    While I'm not ever happy with the status quo where software-as-a-service is concerned (sorry!) I do feel like I'm getting a lot for my paid membership.

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  • Yes yes yes. Come on strava team we need this one. ALso ability to save a ride as a route

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  • @richard. That last one you can already do, but it needs massive work to be better: 

    On any activity you can click the wrench and create a route from it. They're annoyingly complex though and the route builder does a poor conversion job much of the time. However, it does make it easier to re-trace. 

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  • I gave up with Strava and use MapMyRide or RideWithGPS. They have better mapping tools and you can search for routes. WHen I travel abroad I look up routes near where I am staying. Strava appears to only cater for riders who ride short rides with fast segments. A segment speed is meaningless to me as it god be part of a 15 miles ride or at the end of a 100 mile ride.

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  • Add my vote :) 

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  • Another +1 from me. I always thought maybe it was just a hard to find feature, but it's clearly just not implemented at all.

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  • +1 🏃🏻

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  • You have my vote too...public routes without a search engine is crazy

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