New: Custom Strava maps designed for runners and cyclists

We're excited to announce updated maps in collaboration with Mapbox, featuring an intuitive display of map data and activity-specific styling. Designed especially with runners and cyclists in mind, we focused on a visual experience that would relay the map information we believe most helpful to our athletes: 

  • Offset road labels for better visibility along activities
  • Visually distinct running and cycling paths
  • Highlighted pedestrian areas, outdoor areas, and parks
  • Vivid terrain styling and high-contrast mountain areas
  • Lower map label density for urban areas
  • Major highways and high-traffic roads de-prioritized in grey
  • Added points of interest most relevant to activity on Strava
  • Contour lines and elevation labels on satellite view

This is the first of several map projects we are working on as part of our ongoing goal to make your mapping experience on Strava more accurate, informative and rich. 

Before || After

We offset road labels to avoid them being covered by activity traces.


Cycling and running paths are highlighted in yellow to make them visually distinct from shared roads with cars. Foot paths are now cleanly distinguished as a dashed line while cycleways are a solid line. 


Distinct walking paths and cycleways: San Francisco's Panhandle park. Before (left), after (right). 


We've given more visual emphasis to public outdoor areas and walkways where motor vehicles are not permitted. Pedestrian areas are marked with a yellow and white hash pattern and steps are clearly displayed as broader, hatched lines.


Pedestrian areas: Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero in San Francisco.


We've increased the contrast for parks and outdoor areas most relevant to Strava activities, while toning down other areas like golf courses, cemeteries, and zoos. We've also more prominently labeled mountain peaks and parks. 


Increased contrast in outdoor areas: The Presidio in San Francisco. Before (left), after (right).


More prominent labels for peaks and parks: Rocky Mountain National Park area in Colorado. Before (left), after (right).


We've decreased the label density for urban areas and marked major highways and high-traffic roads that are better avoided for cycling and running in grey.


Cleaner road styles: lower label density for viewing activities, high traffic roads that are better avoided in grey. Before (left), after (right).


We've added more points-of-interest specific to cycling activities, and kept other labels subtle.


Points of interests that don't dominate the map: San Francyclo, Velo Rouge, Saint Mary's Medical Center, the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco.


We added contour lines and elevation labels to satellite to show terrain on otherwise flat imagery. The road and trail styling is equivalent to the terrain map, but on higher zoom levels we hide roads and trails altogether to simplify the view.

Contour lines and elevation labels on satellite

Contour lines and elevation labels show terrain in otherwise flat satellite imagery: Alpe d'Huez, France.

Satellite on different zoom intervals

No road centerlines on higher zoom levels: the Tuileries Gardens in Paris.



  • I started my Premium account in 2015, just after the switch from Google Maps to OSM-based Mapbox maps.

    iD editor with Strava heatmap was working perfectly, and it was really helpful for my OSM edits to see my activities and my friends'activities on an OSM map : I could spot easily new paths for example.

    Then I wanted to help Strava in their effort to adopt and help OSM.


    But see now : Strava heatmap cannot be displayed in OSM editors anymore (or yes it can using geek url manipulation based on cookie...) AND Strava is using an old Mapbox map.

    Then I will not renew my Premium account as long as maps are not up-to-date again (by the way StravistiX gives me all I need, and many sites offer GPX download of activities as well)


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  • Done: my Summit account will stop  on January 13th. And will be reactivated as soon as updated maps will show up.

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  • This week strava changed the route builder and also the maps below it. I can not see the dashed yellow line lines anymore for walking paths, nor the full yellow line for paved cycling paths. All roads and paths look the same now. It used to be very clear with the yellow lines, will it come back ?

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