Routes

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  • Hi Hans Stakenburg! Thank you for your suggestion, this is a commonly requested feature and is currently under review as a future addition. 

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  • We are a sporty couple. We contact you to suggest a potential evolution of your application. We have an idea to share with you. We use your "Strava" application for every sport and more particularly for mountain biking and trail running. Often, especially in spring, we meet obstacles in the forest such as cut tree trunks. So, the idea would be to be able to integrate into the "Strava" application an option by which it would be possible to notify the paths concerned by an embarrassing event and thus share it with the sportsmen. This is very similar to the capabilities of GPS routing systems like the ability to report problem on Waze.
    I hope to hear from you. Thank you in advance.

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  • I believe Strava Routes should trim down the vertical exaggeration used in 'Routes' when "Show 3D Terrain" is selected. It does a good job of showing the vertical relief, but the multiplication factor is too large in mountainous regions, in my opinion. I've attached a picture showing the differences between google maps and Strava's views of the same spot. Ignoring the quality the of satellite images (not important to this post), the height exaggeration becomes detrimental to the viewing experience.

    Obviously, the views aren't perfectly lined up, but I think it shows the point.

     

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  • I'm not sure what's happened with Strava's routing functionality lately, but it's become unusable for creating rides around Atlanta, GA. I start putting points on a map and get an error message that Strava is unable to link them together. Same thing when I try editing an existing route. I'm trying to do anything fancy here—simply creating routes from my house like I've done dozens of times in the past. Bike paths around town that cross streets over/under grade have also become unroutable in many cases—Strava treats the crossings as barriers. You need to use manual mode to make the route cross them, but that's only an option when creating a route from scratch since there's no way to insert manual-mode segments into an existing route. And when it comes to on-grade connections between bike paths and roads, Strava often refuses to recognize them, often creating ridiculous detours using the connections it does understand. I've literally gone into OpenStreetMap and fixed these connections. RideWithGPS has picked them up. Why hasn't Strava?

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  • Tarek Koudmani we appreciate you letting us know about this and have gone ahead and dialed the relief down a little bit.

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  • Hi Andreas Y. we've created a support ticket to investigate what's happening here. If you could send us some example routes where these problems have occurred, possibly showing the 2 points connected manually, that would be very helpful.

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  • It's high time you implemented "route search" feature.

    Route organisation features have been asked for many times here – for 2 years already, and many times before in the previous support forum. It's embarrassing that such reputable sport-related application cannot deliver such simple and basic feature for so many years.

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  • Ascent per Distance (e.g. meters climbed per kilometre)

    I would like a feature to be added which gives the ascent per distance as a figure for a route. I think this would be a great way of comparing the average upward gradient of a route.

    Thanks

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  • Hello,

    It would be so useful to be able to store saved routes into a series of folders to be able to group them for specific events, holidays, trips.

    Right now they are just listed in a long series and displayed (on the PC) only by the date when they were created.  

    Most people use a PC or Mac to plan routes given the ability to get more accurate results and compare to Google Street View whilst plotting.

    So many subscribers I know will build a series of routes for a trip away, say a holiday to Mallorca.  We should be able to create a subfolder in the routes and save the routes into the subfolders as required. 

    This would allow us to clean up the way we use and store routes, I have near 200 and it's a pain to find older ones or all the ones for a region I have visited in the past.

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  • In the iOS app, I noticed that a few months ago, the map became a sensitive to "rotation", in a bad way.

    Usually when you zoom in/out of a map by pinching, there is some minimum amount of rotation that needs to happen before the map actually rotates. This is because when you pinch to zoom, your fingers will rotate ever so slightly in the process.
    Other mapping apps like Apple Maps or Google Maps ignore this small amount of rotation when zooming in.

    However, in Strava, there doesn't seem to be any ignored level of rotation - the threshold seems to be so low that I cannot pinch to zoom in/out without accidentally triggering a slight rotation of the map.

    Can this be fixed, please? It's really annoying when I'm trying to zoom, and the map gets askew by a few degrees.

    I'm posting in this thread as there aren't any app-specific threads, but this behavior is seen in all iOS screens with a map (routes, activities, segments, activity recording screen, etc)

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  • David Drake - thanks for posting this! This topic has been posted here many times already (and so many times in the old forum) but I doubt anyone from Strava takes this seriously. Maybe if more people post about things like this often then Strava will finally notice, but I think this is just wishful thinking. I posted earlier about Search functionality, because it seems simpler to implement, but again - wishful thinking ;) It's pathetic of Strava not listening to the users.

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  • Dan Tsai we appreciate you bringing this up. 

    This is a Mapbox SDK issue.  We’re very aware of this occurrence and have flagged it to them as a high priority fix.

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  • as of a couple days ago, the New Route page, and Personal Heatmap page start of being centered somewhere in Virginia/Maryland when it loads. I have to either use the "Find My Location" browser geolocation feature (which I don't prefer to use), or manually pan the map all the way back to my home location.

     

    In the past, when the Routes/Heatmap map loaded, it would be centered at my profile's location setting.

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  • My route builder feature is painfully slow.  Especially when it comes to editing an existing route, for some reason.  When zooming in and out -- there is a long delay.  It's terrible.  I use Google Chrome, if that matters at all.  Anyone have any solutions, or know how to reach someone at Strava?

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  • Dan Tsai this was a geocoding bug from earlier in the week that was just fixed today. Please take a look now and let us know if you still see wonky behavior with the centered-location on various Maps pages.

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  • Varun 🥐 P. verified, looks fixed to me. thanks!

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  • When switching between "most direct" and "most popular" or between prefer "dirt" and "paved surfaces", I would like to be asked if I want my route to be re-generated.  I have been on several rides where I didn't find my intended route because Strava re-routed parts of my route when I hit those switches.  (It would be even cooler if it did something like Google Maps and showed alternatives: least elevation vs most direct vs most popular.)

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  • I'd like to suggest an improvement. I use Strava almost every day to log my walks. Sometimes, I walk somewhere, get to the train station, hit "pause", get to my next destination, hit "resume", and keep logging my miles. On the map, that distance on the train is not added to my miles, but it is shown as a big straight red line! Since Strava knows that I am on pause, can you just cut those miles out of the activity? Or show them in some other color that indicates non-activity, maybe as grey? The same would hold true for biking, running, etc. 

    I am attaching a screen grab that shows the problem, from a recent marathon walk. I left my home, walked 42 kilometers to the train station in a town called Villeneuve, paused, took the train to a town near my home called Renens, then resumed the app and walked another km. Anyone looking at the map, though, would be extremely puzzled by the straight-line segment from Villeneuve to Renens. I work in IT, and can't imagine it would be difficult to implement code that says, "on pause, switch to grey. on resume, switch to red"

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  • Hi Varun 🥐 P. and team:

    I have a few things to report that hopefully you can help with:

    1. Strava routing won't use this path for bike routes:

    https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/315848935

    It worked in the past on Strava bike routes, but recently stopped working (run routing works). In OSM it is marked as Bicycle-accessible. I marked it explicitly as Bike=yes a month ago, but still not working on Strava.

    2. I changed this road's surface type to Asphalt 4 months ago, along with many other local roads. The other roads now correctly show as "Paved" in Strava, but this one still shows as Unknown for some reason.

    https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/510359015#map=17/37.95826/-122.09991

    3. Images on the "About Strava Maps" HC article are broken:

    https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216917717-About-Strava-Maps

    4. At the bottom of Strava community posts (such as this one), if you're logged out, there's a "Sign in" link. This link is broken and leads to this article: https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049642391

    The only way to Sign in is through the button at the top of the page.

     

    Thanks!

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  • I originally suggested the ability of 'Sorting/Filtering Routes' back in 2016! For some strange reason, it is an idea that Strava has no intention of implementing...!

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  • I have been paying €8 a month for a while for strava premium, tbh I am unsure why. Today I made a mistake and did not record my run. So I created a route from when I did the lop previous and I went to add a manual entry and there was no option to select a route. I was surprised, this was standard on Endomondo for many years. I searched around and it's a FAQ and used to be offered on Android.

    Do Strava in general respond to frequent requests for functionality?

    I must read https://medium.com/runners-life/is-strava-summit-worth-it-50aa04939a7c again before I cancel my subscription.

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  • Hey Tom Corcoran we sure do read every single comment and suggestion and they are all passed along to our product teams. As you're aware, we currently don't have the option to turn a route into an activity, however, you can always create a manual activity and enter the distance, time and elevation (on web) data and it will count towards your personal progress, goals, and most challenges. We're committed to continually improving our product and comments such as yours are key in helping us explore ideas that are not part of our product roadmap.

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  • 1) When planning a route for road bike, If I choose the option "prefer paved roads", only paved roads should be considered, and "not specified" roads not. At the moment route planning for new places is very often sends me to dirt roads.

    2) when running a route, it would be very-very useful to see the elevation profile of the route, and also my position. See picture attached.

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  • Hi, segments are a great way to motivate users, and it is a great community function. A few things to make them even more useful:

    1) when a segment comes up, it would be nice to have the option to decline that segment. At the moment, the only way to make a segment I dont like not come up, is to complete it, and make it hidden in strava.com. Sometimes, a segment is very long, and I follow a different way, and there is a good segment, which I want to see, but I can not, because the other long segment is already started and I can not make it disappear from my screen.

    2) When I am on a segment, I only see a bar showing my progress. There is no info about the distance left, or at least a percentage counter. For longer segments, it is hardly possible to guess the distance to run until the end. Also, total distance, and elevation profile would be nice to see throuout the segment, and not just only in the beginning of it.

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  • Access local routes isn't working.

    I can no longer access my local routes. For example, https://www.strava.com/local/us/sf-peninsula/cycling routes me to https://blog.strava.com/routes/ which has not path back to the old views of routes. This is driving me nuts as there were many routes there that I wanted to try! 

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  • AJ Christensen Thanks for the feedback! Local has been deprecated in favor of our new Routes functionality. Subscribed athletes will be able to find their next Route for Rides, Runs, and additional sport types that will be available soon. Athletes can discover new routes throughout the globe using popular Points of Interest, custom Start Points, and other curated recommendations based on the criteria that is applied on the Routes page of the Maps tab. You can learn more about our Routes on our support article found here. As we introduce the new features and functionalities for our athletes, we are taking in feedback from our community, and we are going to keep evolving how we surface the right set of data in the future.

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  • I've searched far and wide for this and I'm sure I missed it somewhere; is it not possible to search for routes from desktop/web?  Was on the phone with a friend trying to find a route we planned on riding but couldn't find the option to search for routes, just create one from scratch.

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  • Feature request: discover routes of followed athletes

    Improving on this, having a filter toggle for discover routes to include "followed athletes" (on/off) and time (last month, last 6m, last year, all time). 

    Why is this important to me? I ride road and XCM and my way of finding new routes is by finding the fast, regular riders from segment KOM's, then following them and replicating their routes. I've found the mobile map route planner to be far off being a reasonable route (eg. it routes through a dangerous area, or high traffic area, or a private property) and feel an improvement to route planning is needed. 

    In addition, after replicating followed athlete routes, I often need to laboriously change the route start point -- I wish (!!!) there were a way to move a start point and retain the route (eg. for a loop, change start point from 6 oclock to 12 oclock, but retain a clockwise loop). Thanks. 

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  • Why, after so many people have asked for ways to sort routes (folders, locations, types, etc) is Strava adding things like video without giving paying subscribers what they’ve been asking for?

    I’ll never upload a video with a ride, I rarely load photos. I use routes to discover new places, and these matter to me more than a photo or video none of my contacts will ever watch. But I create routes all the time and then have to dig through page after page to find them on the website, and it’s even worse on the app. Come on, Strava, this has to be easier than other “upgrades” and “improvements” you’ve offered up.

    Soren said on June 7th “we are taking in feedback from our community, and we are going to keep evolving how we surface the right set of data in the future.” However, I would say this is not the case based on the number of requests for ways to manage one’s routes that have been ignored. 

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  • Hi,

    Garmin Connect supports naming of waypoints which is really useful to show for example coffee stops on a route. In strava we can add waypoints but cannot name them and they don't use the "wpt" tag in the file. Can we please enhance the recently added points of interest feature, allowing them to be referenced as named waypoints in the route file?

    Thanks

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