Routes

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  • Option not to follow bicycle paths

    Varun 🥐 P.

    For few weeks while creating routes I have problem with Strava's routing algorithm. It tries to follow bicycle lanes as much as possible and that is a problem, since OpenStreetMap data in place where I live are not complete. This results in all kind of crazy route suggestions, like one in attached pictures. Is it possible to add option which will give user a choice not to follow bicycle paths when creating route?


    I am OpenStreetMap contributor, but I can't solve mapping mistakes or add missing data for whole country.

     

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  • Yes! This is the very least functionality that Routes must have. Ideally audio turn-by-turn navigation also, but without auto directional map orientation Routes is useless on a smartphone.

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  • The update to Route creation this week is a mess and must be rolled back. It has blocked many popular fire road access paths from being used on Ride routes. Bikes are explicitly allowed by signage on the one I post here (see the gap its is routing around). Meanwhile, the routing is now sending us up a 30% grade singletrack (see number 4) alongside the main fire road, which nobody has ever ridden up in history and in fact doesn't even exist (it was bulldozed 4 months ago).  The use most popular setting is ON, but doesn't seem to be used.

     

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  • Features request: On my computer's web browser, when I look at My Activities, I see a list that I can sort by Date, Title, Time, Distance or Elevation. I can also search my Activities by a keyword from the Activity Title. However, when I look at My Routes, I get none of this, just an unfriendly grid. Please make it possible to list and search Routes in as user friendly of a way as is possible with Activities. Furthermore, when I click on a Route, it opens up to a teeny tiny viewing window, which cannot be made larger and cannot be made full screen. It's very frustrating to try to preview a route when the view is so small. Please make it possible to view a Route in full screen.

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  • I would really like to see an improved map design (or option to toggle openstreetmap) where it is possible to see surface type for every road. This was possible a few years ago when strava still used OpenStreetMap but since the maps have been updated every road is just a white line and very small paths are dotted white lines. A lot of us live in places where there are lots of gravel and asphalt roads scattered around and crossing each other, now there is no way to actually see the surface type before clicking to route there. This makes planning a route a lot more time consuming because you have to find the right route by trial and error.

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  • I have one more comment to add to this comment in addition to my support for the items requested here - I am frustrated at having >161 routes with many duplicates due to the difficulty searching for my previous routes.   I would also like to add search by places on a map previously visited (using name or click on the map to search). The new competitors do not suffer from this problem.

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  • Is it possible to give us ability to choose the opacity of the global heatmap while creating our own routes? The latest update of the routing feature which added POIs also reduced the opacity so the heatmap became practicaly useless for low traffic trails. Combine this with the fact that timeframe for the global heatmap is reduced from two to one year, this really killed the best value that Strava routing had.

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  • I wanted to know if it's possible or if it will be possible to include Point of Interest in our Route when we're planning it, and to have a notification when we pass near the Point of Interest we selected ? For example if we choose a fountain, could the app send a notification (sound, vibration) when we heading toward it so we could know when we are close to it ? Thanks! 

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  • Steve: What I did was cancel my Strava membership in 2018 and switched to Ride With GPS. Strava is great for comparing your performance on segments versus your friends and others, but for organizing your routes, they just don't seem to have any discernible interest. If Strava is able to allow you to list, sort and search your Activities, then they should be able to make it possible with Routes. Routes are objects that literally inherit many of the same properties and methods as Activities, so they should be able to treat them the same by reusing the same computer code to implement this. They just don't.

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  • Well, this post has now been left pending (so effectively deleted) twice. Here goes attempt #3.

    Even to my white/male/cis eyes, the Routes Heatmap stands out as a particularly glaring perpetuation of systemic racism. The Routes Heatmap codifies the routes run or biked by past and current members as the primary places worth going. Looking at a map of my home city, Boston, what I see is a glaring absence of running or cycling routes in communities of color (see image below). If I lived in much of Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester, or East Somerville, the Routes Heatmap map would clearly signal to me that I was not welcome in the Strava athlete community. It also signals to those of us who live elsewhere that those communities are not places worth going.

    One way to begin to address the problem could be to normalize the heatmap by local user density. If Strava has relatively fewer users in a given neighborhood, but they all choose a certain route, this route should show up prominently. This is already done when you zoom in, but at a city scale, biases in the user base stand out prominently and could turn away potential users. 

    Background on previous attempts to post this message: In early June, I got Strava's "We must do better, and we will" email about racism and found it to ring rather hollow. I attempted to post this message to the discussion board but it was never published. After the "Strava Metro" email recently which suggests that Strava data will be used by urban planners to make decisions about developing bike lanes, paths, etc -- it seems just as pressing to draw attention to the systemic racism embedded in Strava's data. So I tried to post this again and it was left pending, then the forum shift deleted all existing posts :/

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  • Wouldn’t it be a great feature for Strava to automatically adjust parts of routes that have not been recorded due to poor GPS? Most of us use ways for our routes that are NOT cross-country. Instead they are shown on all maps. And these maps are also used by Strava, aren’t they? So it would be cool, if Strava adjusted the „missing parts of a route“ to the routes as shown in the map. In my mind this would be a „killer feature“ for Strava – and it would be very helpful in order to get more accurate running times and in order to record the exact length of a run.

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  • Why can't I search for a route on Strava any more? Folks are still dumb enough not to use ridewithgps to create routes and I'm having a hell a time finding specific routes. 

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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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  • Why oh why will you not allow users to allocate a new / existing route to a run? For example, when you stop your watch to take a photo and then forget to restart it, so you need to correct the route on your activity. What do you think we are going to do? There's nothing fraudulent about wanting your stats to reflect reality and if you are fiddling your route, it's only yourself that you're cheating.

    I get fed up of creating a route, just so I can then only create a manual activity and then copy/paste the distance and approximate time to it. Why can't I just add the route, if I know I ran it?

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