Routes

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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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  • Vaughan Hunt thanks for letting us know. The issue with seeing Routes in your non-preferred units should now be fixed!

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  • I want routes to be possible to follow them in more clear way. It needs two enhancements. 

    1) Show my position on map with locked heading. Like iOS map does. I need to see direction I'm heading and map should turn around. So direction locked way up and when I move around, map is turning under. 

    2) Show direction of route. I have several routes planned with overlaping paths and crossings. I don't know where to turn when route creates crossing. So arrows for direction of route would be great. According to zoom, have few of those visible on phone screen.  

    It's not needed to have turn-by-turn navigation, I just need visual aid to follow route on map on iPhone.

     

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hey Strava, this is an easy one!

    Today a friend shared a route he developed in Route Builder. When I view the route on my laptop, I would like to select Global Heatmap as the background (in addition to Standard and Satellite). This will help me evaluate 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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  • An improved estimated moving time for routes would be nice. As is, with both mountain and road bike ride speeds counted exactly the same, the timing is completely inaccurate. Factoring in elevation is critical as well. The current algorithm will say a 10 mile flat ride will take the same time as a 10 mile HC climb. While it is supposed to be just an estimate, a bit more detail and accuracy than this would be good.

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  • Hi Strava! I want a better way to organise my routes. It will allow me to do more easily find existing routes amongst the huge number I create. The reason that is important is because it takes a stupid amount of scrolling and clicking through pages to find specific routes. An example of when I needed that was pretty much every time I use the routes feature (regularly). Could we have folders? User-created hashtags? Honestly anything would be a good start because the current route feature is entirely lacking any kind of reasonable organisation aside from separating bike and run.

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  • For those of us that use the app and no Garmin is there a way to get auditory directions? Some are visually impaired, coupled with being on a bike, running, traffic would be very helpful to have auditory directions. I have a very difficult time seeing the app map in full sun, trying to navigate all while maintaining a pace.

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  • Just tried to build a route using the android app. I'm missing a couple of basic functionalities:

    1) When I select "draw route" and search for a starting location, no flag is added. The level of zoom is insufficient for me to know where it is exactly so please add this flag.

    2) The (android) app does not seem to allow to add a start and end point. Currently I'm only able to select a start point and then either draw my own or select one of the suggested routes. Please add the possibility to enter the end point.

    3) Please add the possibility to search for a route point and add this point to the route. This is possible in the browser version and would be very useable in the (android) app as well.

    I believe the first suggestion can be improved for the browser version as well. The other two are basically a desire to add features to the app that already exist in the browser version. Hope to see some improvements in the near future!

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  • Feature Request: Ability to add control points to routes. Currently there is no way to add control points except as the end of the route. If you want to dial in a section there are often not enough existing control points to do so. 

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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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  • @Parker M., you can add Waypoints, but you can't just do it by clicking, you must click and drag a little on the map, otherwise, as you say, it adds an updated end point.

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  • I'm new-ish to my area and have been trying to use suggested routes with a new gps watch (Coros Apex), so I have to download a gpx file. However, I have not been able to download the gpx from mobile, the iphone app or my browser. Is the only way to do this to download from my pc, then email it to myself so I can open it with the Coros app? That can't be right in 2021, can it? If anyone has any tips I'd appreciate them.  

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  • I'm using a Suunto watch and the route synchronization is done via a Suunto Android/iOS app. The Suunto app allows creation of a new route by importing a GPX file.

    Feature Request: I want to be able to download a route in GPX format in the Strava Android app. The reason that is important is because at least by now that would be the only way to "transfer" a route created in the Strava Adnroid app to a Suunto watch when I don't have access to the Desktop version of the Strava Portal.

    I would use the Strava route planner much more intensively if an easy integration towards Suunto app was there. Beside my use case I think the a "Download route as GPX" feature in the Strava Android app would by useful for plenty of the Strava users.

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  • Two suggestions:

    1. As others have said, it would be helpful to be able to search and filter routes by surface type. I'm a road cyclist, but when up in wine country of Central California this weekend, a route I found in Strava sent me on a dirt/gravel road. The only way I found to avoid this in advance is to go into the route details and see the percentages of different surfaces. But why not allow the user to use that as part of the search criteria?!? Also, it would be helpful to present the route with color-coding of the route line indicating the surface type for each section of roadway.
    2. When following a route, why does the app not provide turn-by-turn directions (ideally with audio cues)? Failing this, it would be helpful to at least center the rider's location on the map. Otherwise, it's far too easy to miss a turn, resulting in a situation that is inconvenient at best and potentially unsafe at worst.
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  • A road vs trail filter would be nice for bike riders. I’m surrounded by crappy trails (Washington DC). I don’t want to ride on trails as they’re full of kids, strollers, and weekend riders…but they are paved. The routes keep directing me onto these due to heat maps. Without a road option I won’t be using the maps.

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  • I want the ability to discover routes with the same fidelity as ridewithgps (which I use regularly) so that I can discover and employ new rides and runs. The features of ridewithgps are great, so just start there.

    Segments, while interesting, are far less important to me. I admit to have never found any value in searching for segments. Now, show me a great route and I'm there. Why? Because a great route will include many segments. 

    Routes are the priority -- segments only come later (much later).

     

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  • "Find a route" functionality on the Desktop version (I am UK based if that makes a difference) - under "Maps" and then you can search through routes that others have uploaded. 

    I use this functionality a lot on my mobile version but I generally prefer to plan my routes on a desktop/laptop so I can zoom in and see it properly - this is important especially if you are planning routes and need to make adjustments 

    At the moment I cannot see this functionality on the desktop and only works for the mobile app version

     

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  • I would find it very useful to be able to allocate my routes to different groups - e.g. gravel; long rides; hilly rides; etc. This in addition to the ability to search my routes, which has already been suggested by several members in the forum. 

    Thanks,

    Adrian 

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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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  • I would love to see new tzype of Activity I am missing: Footbike (aka Scooter?). I always have to report my trainings as "Running" and it is confusing both for me and my friends, as I do regular running too but speeds and distances differ quite a between those activities.

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  • Add more context to your route

    I want the ability to add interesting points along a created route. It will allow me to plan and check upfront (like climbs from climb pro) what is waiting and how long until the next water stop. 

    This feature was included in Garmin Training Center, it was called "course point tool" where you could add icons and change the description of that text. In a first phase, just adding icons would be helpful. Or visualize starred segments (start and finish) on your route.

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  • To be able to use the navigation option on my mobile phone in a better way it would be helpful if a few additional options are added:

    • Show the map in driving direction (instead of North up)
    • Show an arrow and distance before the next move (e.g. turn left or right)

    It comes down to adding functionalities which are already available in e.g. Google maps. This would really make navigating a lot easier and at the same time increase safety as you can keep your view on the road instead of on the map puzzling which way to go. Thanks!

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  • Lots of emails about improvements, improvements for creating routes. But after complaining for years that ferrys are not implemented while other programs have no problems with ferrys I get a little sick about Strava.

    I should say implement ferrys or skip creating routes.

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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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  • 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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