Routes

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  • Turn-by-Turn Audio Navigation

    Not to take anything away from any of these great ideas for improving Routes, but unless we can get Turn-by-Turn Audio Navigation, then Routes is almost useless to anyone using the Strava App rather than a dedicated (and capable) GPS unit (Garmin, Wahoo, etc.). For more detail on my request, please see my OP above. I'm currently creating routes in Strava and exporting to RideWithGPS for this functionality (and paying them $6/mo for it). Komoot does the same. Sooner or later I'm going to decide I need this feature too much to wait for Strava to implement it.

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  • It would be helpful if we could divide the routes into folders. I create routes for certain events or specific occasions. Now I have to search in all my routes to find a specific one.

    I would like to create some order in the chaos all my routes are now.

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  • The following suggested improvements relate to Strava maps usability and functionality whilst cycling (not route planning, which overall is excellent). 

    1) The auto-centring feature is impractical. Double tapping the target/compass icon in bottom right of screen activates the auto-centring feature. When doing so, the whole screen zooms to a default zoom distance. For cycling this default zoom distance is too zoomed in and therefore I cannot see where the next turn will be without zooming out and therefore disabling the auto-centring feature, rendering it unusable and leaving me constantly fiddling with moving the map to find my present location during a cycle, most inconvenient during an unfamiliar route. Please allow auto-centring at a user-defined zoom distance.

    2) A larger and more noticeable arrow to demonstrate current location. The current blue dot with small direction arrow is very difficult to see if the sun is shining on the screen during a cycle.

    3) Choice of two map angles, between:

    • top down view with north as top of screen (which is current default setting)
    • from behind view that follows the direction the user is facing (traditionally used viewpoint on GPS systems and apps) and places a small NESW compass in the corner of the screen

    4) More contrasting colours rather than dark blue / light blue to differentiate travelled route / planned route (see below image for reference).

    Again, during a sunny day the two are very difficult to tell apart. Perhaps orange for planned route would be better.

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  • Heatmap of the popularity of photos

    The popularity heatmap is great, but when I want to visit interesting beautiful places, I would like to know in which places people take photos more often. For example, if there was a heatmap of the popularity of photos, it would be easier to find interesting places.

    Photos on personal map.

    It would also be great if photos (which I choose) from my activities were displayed on the personal activity map (as it was done for a separate activity). This will help to remember the places, the roads and help in drawing up a new route.

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  • If you are a subscriber you can use Personal Heatmaps as described here:

    https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216918467-Personal-Heatmaps-Summit-

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  • First of all: Thank you for adding personal heatmaps to the route editor/maker. I have until now had to use another tool to see where I've walked and not. Very tedious. I will never understand why you haven't added "Walking" to Personal Heatmaps.

    But I guess the Strava users who don't run, cycle and/or swim doesn't exist. At least it is hard to think anything else considering how little features walk activities and walkers have, even though the main difference between running and walking is the pace.

    Anyways.... here's a few suggestions for Routes.

    Makes Routes remember and learn

    I've lost count of how many times I have had to:

    • Change activity from Run to Walk. I sometimes forget to, and when I change the type, the route changes drastically, basically forcing me to having to start from scratch.
    • I prefer using the Hybrid map (which btw is very cool and useful), but Standard is... well... standard, so I have to change every time I open the Route editor.
    • And, I don't live in the US. I don't even live in America... It's good that you added the "Find my location" button... but it is annoying having to use it EVERY time I open the Route editor.

    Provide even more info

    I love the Elevation Profile, and the info we can currently get there. But I would love to see more details about the route. Info I would love to see more info about is elevation, such as distanse/time uphill/flat/downhill. This is useful as I sometimes try to reduce/increase uphill/flat/downhill, and while the timeline gives an impression, it isn't really enough for that purpose. 

    And speaking of the timeline. It would be cool if we could highlight section of the timeline to see data limited to that particular section of the route.

    Keep the activity type

    I have noticed that when creating a route from a activity, the activity type of is always run, even the route was created from a walk activity. The new route should have the same type as the activity the route was created from. 

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  • Show a map of all the user created routes (and maybe public ones too)

    It is quite difficult to find back routes that have already been created some time ago. There are already ideas asking for sorting routes by length, hilly or flat, main surface of the route, etc. but it would be very useful to be able to see all the created route on a map, search for routes within an area and be able to select a route from the map.

    It would be great also if it is possible to use a map to search for public routes. A filter panel on the side might help too (flat or hilly, distance, road surface, activity type, etc.)

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  • Three Suggestions for Improving Routes

    1. It would be nice if when you loaded a route while cycling, it would give information on how many miles/kilometers remaining and also provide the elevation data.
    2. PLEASE allow a preference to turn off the segment feature when a screen pops up and automatically hides the map when you are on a segment. I don't use segments, I just want to see the map, so this is really awful and annoying.
    3. The heat map is nice, but it would be great to be able to view all your rides together on a map, or rides within a certain date range.

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  • Feature request: Better connect trails and rural roads. There are many instances were it is very hard to route between trails and roads. The route builder will take you on some convoluted path adding a lot of miles. 

    Here is one example:

    Image 1: Staying on the backpacking trail crosses the road no problem.

    Image 2: Staying on dirt road crosses backpacking trail no problem: 

    Image 3: Trying to route from the road to backpacking trail causes significant reroute.

    Image 4: Another bizarre example. Routing from the road to the lesser used north trail produces a route that goes 12 miles south and then crosses the intersection no problem??? 

    I have encountered 30+ examples of this all over the midwest. The problem is probably that the road map data and the trail map data were imported into OSM separately requiring users to go through and make all the connections. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen because the maps look perfectly accurate when viewing on OSM. 

     

    Is it possible for Strava to incorporate user GPX data to better handle route intersections? It's very frustrating when you can't connect two very popular paths (based on heatmaps) for seemingly no reason. 

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  • Feature request: Coloring routes according to speed (or more)

    It would be really useful to provide colored routes in the activity display/analysis, as done in many other training apps (Apple Training, Adidas Running, WorkOutDoors, ...) – i.e., color-code the route according to local speed.

    In an advanced version make the color-coding user selectable for speed, cadence, heart rate, etc.

     

    EDIT (following answer by Varun 🥐 P.): Thanks! At least something;-) But this only works in the tiny previews in the dashboard/activity channel and is already not displayed if I go into the activity ... 

    Ands having to add the same hashtag to every activity is also cumbersome – unless there is is a bulk-editing option;-)

    Would be really useful to get a general setting (subscriber only is fine with me;-)

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  • Reposting, in the hopes that the Strava team are reading this thread...

    I want the ability within the route creator to toggle on segments I have starred/favorited...just those segments, not a segment search that pulls the 10 most popular segments on the visible map portion.

    It will allow me to build routes that incorporate the segments I have starred. This is important when building routes that exist just to do specific climbs or sections of trails/roads.

    An example of when this would be helpful is when building routes for club challenges.  For example, I live in Flanders (Belgium), and a well known .cc website in Belgium sponsors something called the Flandrien Challenge. It requires the rider to ride through a series of segments that naturally are cobbled climbs and road sections. The official scoring (not for time, just completion) is done through Strava.  To build my routes, I had to figure out where each one was manually, then build the routes, it was tedious and required extensive route editing to ensure I captured as many of the segments as I could in each route. Giving us the option to toggle on ONLY our starred segments would speed this process, and would allow for building safer routes also...sometimes, it is safer to ride in a particular direction due to surface, traffic, grade, etc.  Thanks!

    -Andy

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  • Hi,

    I'm another person adding my voice to route filtering. Being able to sort routes we have made or favourited would seriously improve the Strava experience (and I speak on behalf of a lot of my friends who use the app when I say this). Folders would be absolutely brilliant or, at the very least, the ability to sort by things like length, metres of elevation or see location of them on a map. 

    Keep up the good work!

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  • Feature Request - Named Waypoints

    When I'm building long routes, I like to plan specific spots for a coffee / water / rest break.  Clearly, I can move / adjust the route to go to that specific waypoint.  What I would like is being able to Name that waypoint on the map. 

    There may be many other manually entered waypoints that I've put in, but by naming specific points, it will be easier to know why a waypoint has been added.  The main benefit though would be to have a GPS unit know where those named waypoints are, and provide Distance To information.  If my group is looking for a break of some sort, knowing if we're 2 miles to the scheduled stop, or 15 miles to the scheduled stop, can help the group decide whether or not to make an unscheduled stop.

     

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  • Get a routing option to avoid busy traffic.

    Strava routing suggestions are pretty decent because they simply choose the most ridden roads. But lots of those roads are the main roads where you legally can ride, and on a Sunday morning it's no problem, but on Monday at 4 in the evening you really don't want to be there because it's stuffed with lots of cars who can't see you because of all the cars.

    Wouldn't it be great if the routing engine could avoid busy roads and would have the option to select quiet roads?

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  • I'm an e-bike rider and paying customer.

    I have defined my frequent used segments and I have starred them yet my Wahoo Bolt will not provide me live segments for these.  If I star non-ebike segments my bolt will provide me live tracking but then I don't find out how I did until after my ride is complete (because the segments are for ebikes).  Wahoo tells me that strava doesn't support live segments for ebikes (which would coincide with other evidence I have seen).  I don't have any qualm with the decision to not combine ebikes and analog bikes into the same leaderboards (even tho you already segment them by age, gender and dates... I digress) but can we please have proper support of live segments for ebikes?  

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  • @Laura Forsythe, I have asked for this feature for at least 5 years, and most recently twice in this thread. I find the Routes feature of Strava almost useless within the App. Please upvote my original post above for increased visibility to the Strava devs.

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  • I'll chime in at this point to bring up my long standing gripe: routes created in Strava are useless if you use the app and not a dedicated device. We need turn-by-turn audio navigation or at the very least automatically rotate the map so the direction of travel is always up! Without one of those improvements it is unsafe to try to use routes in the Strava app, and all the other improvements mean nothing!

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  • The route redirection for running has become very bad recently. I can't incorporate paths I run just about every day because the app thinks they aren't traversable despite being footpaths on main roads (bridges are especially bad for this.)

    This is the deciding feature for my subscription but it has become too frustrating to use. 

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  • Feature Request - Route folders!

    This has probably been requested already but it would be great if there was an option to create folders for your routes so you can organise them how you like.  This would make it much easier to find a route when you need it.  Thanks.

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  • My request is to implement the „track up“ function of the map if I record a Route or drive on a saved or imported Route. Actually there‘s only the function „north up“ or a manually adjusted direction.

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  • Andy Wong 🍑📷- a few months ago we made a change to better integrate bike and foot access information from OpenStreetMap, which is a collaborative mapping project. This was to provide a safer and more informed routing experience for athletes. You can read more about that change here - https://www.strava.com/clubs/231407/posts/11085024.

    It appears that the parking lot connector has been tagged specifically as "No" to bicycle access - https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/467614489#map=17/37.19257/-121.80657 - and that this is one of the stronger forms of restriction in OSM. Our routing algorithms thus have chosen not to route on that stretch.

    If you think the road has been tagged incorrectly - for example, if it were perhaps it is closed to cars but open to cyclists - you can follow the steps at https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216917827-Strava-s-Maps-How-to-send-Feedback to correct is and it will be applied the next time we refresh our mapping data from OSM.

     

     

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  • Dave Hudson Thanks for your feedback!

    To enable/disable Live Segments navigate to the record screen and tap the settings icon. You can toggle Live Segments ON or OFF. Feel free to learn more about our Live Segments in our support article found here.

    You have access to your personal heatmaps to visualize the ground you've covered around the world. Heatmaps can include cycling or running activities for the current year, previous year, all-time, or custom date ranges. You can also use your personal heatmaps as a layer on our Route Builder for web in addition to global heatmaps to explore new routes in your area.


    You can learn more about Personal Heatmaps in our support article found here

    If you run into any issues with these features, please send our support team a message so we may take a closer look.

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  • Joe LaPenna We've just updated the way we process OSM tags for bike access to override cases such as that one (a freeway feeder onto a bridge). You should now be able to properly route across the Antioch Bridge now. Thanks for identifying that case!

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  • I can only find segments near my place? It would be usefull If I could find other users routes (if set to public) because they know the area. This same feature was in Endomundo. The explore route option could add all user routes instead of only 3 suggested generated routes

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  • Enable other activites in "My Stats"

    First of all, Strava, thank you very much for the recent update and improvement for everything that has to do with snow related sports. I find a lot of joy in going through my ski activites on Strava. (Note: When I refer to "ski" or "skiing" I am referring to Cross country/Skate/Nordic ski.)

    Although I love everything you have to offer, I really miss the ability to see my ski activity in the "My Stats"-widget. Over the last 4 days I have been skiing 80km, but I look like the biggest slob on "My Stats", seeing as this only shows swimming, cycling and running. I am fairly certain I am not alone in this, seeing as skiing is a very popular sport in Norway (and the Nordic countries too). Strava would highly likely be a lot more fun for Norwegians and Scandinavians during the winter months if we could compare our stats with what we actually spend our time doing.

    To give my plea some statistical support, I here present some exercise statistics from Norway in 2019, showing the percentage of how many times people above age 16 have conducted a certain activity over the last 12 months:

      0 times 1-2 times 3-10 times 11-24 times 25+ times
    Jogging 61 2 9 6 22
    Nordic ski 63 5 16 9 8
    Swimming 78 2 8 5 7
    Cycling 64 2 9 5 18

    Source: https://www.ssb.no/kultur-og-fritid/statistikker/fritid (translated to English by me)

    As you can see from the table, skiing is by far the most popular activity in Norway. This is especially true this year, as the Corona lockdowns have driven people to the ski tracks in the woods. As a matter of fact, so many people in Oslo took public transport to get to the woods to go skiing, that the Municipality of Oslo now has started bringing snow into the parks in the city... (see photo below):

    Source: https://www.aftenposten.no/oslo/i/nAvr4x/naa-kjoerer-oslo-kommune-snoe-til-byens-parker

    If corona stops us from getting to the ski tracks, we bring the ski tracks to us! :)

    So, dear Strava, you could not go wrong in enabling "Nordic ski" as a "My Stats" activity in the Scandinavian region. It cannot come a minute too soon!

    Best Regards,

    Amalie

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  • Took the ride from a mate, made a route of it, you can see in the picture that it rearranged itself. The dark blue lines is where the route shuld be, the segment is no problem, that dont rearrange itself.

    So, how can I get past this bug or whatever it is? We are trying to arrange club-rides corona-style, but no one is going to get around a track/route if it breaks up or rearrange itself to I-dont-know-what.......

     

    I hope you dont mind my basic skills in english.....not my main language..

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  • I'm regularly getting routes detail showing in imperial even though my settings are metric.  Hard to use when I can't understand the distances or elevations.

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  • It would be great if we were able to group our routes into folders. For example, I have 100+ routes of all different types of rides in different regions. It would be great to be able to have a folder of local rides or destination rides or gravel vs. pavement, etc. This would help facilitate my love of route-making by getting rid of the only downside: clicking through different pages to find a route I made a few weeks back, or more. For that matter, it would be great to be able to attach keywords to routes too. Both folders and keywords would make it easier to search through all the routes you've made. 

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  • Indicate direction of travel for routes on mobile app for club events

    Every time a strava club event is created with a route attached everyone has to be told verbally which way the route goes at the beginning of the ride.  There is no way to determine the direction when the start and stop point is at the same place on the mobile apps.  At least on the web page you can run the cursor through the route and have an indication which way it travels, but not on the mobile app.

    A simple possible solution would be an occasional arrow on the blue highlighting of the route.

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  • I can confirm the issue with the manually edited route segments randomly snapping to nearby roads or trails which makes the route nearly unusable. I experienced that when I wanted to plan a route through some relatively new trails that were visible on the map but Strava refused to route over those trails. I used the manual mode to draw a route over those trails, but the route got broken as described above in the comment by Jake Logan

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