Point-to-Point Segments via any route

It would be great if there was an option to create the equivalent of segments but instead of using a defined route, allowing any route to be taken. ie. the time taken and distance travelled between a defined start and a finish point. 

It is easy to look up the times between two points using a given route by finding the relevant segment page, but it would be very useful and interesting to be able to do similar but for any route taken. This way it would also be possible to work out what the optimal route is between A and B when there is a choice of many, e.g through a city

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  • Hi Divid

     

    I Have made the same suggestion as yours but for slightly different reasons. It is a great idea.

    Strava is a fantastic piece of software but it is only really good for segmenting fixed routes. This is great for those running or cycling on roads, tracks, footpaths or trails but it gets upset when you run on open land and route choice is involved. 

    If you developed extra classes of running and cycling called Run Navigation and Cycling Navigation you could relax the rules on the route and just have the start and finish points fixed. You would need to be able to create a feature that allows the user to show the routes of selected other runner or riders on your website overlaid on the map so you can compare your route to theirs but otherwise I suspect this would be a relatively easy addition to your application. It would allow you to be used in Orienteering events and other navigation competitions. I don't know much about the USA running scene but the UK has a strong history in fell racing on open country and this alteration would let you tap into the Mountain Marathon market as well as the Orienteering world. Think of the extra users you may be able to attract.

    For David he could then compare his own routes to work and see which is the most efficient- again you would beed the ability to overlaying the map form your own rides to allow this.

    Well done David it is a great idea

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  • Completely agree with a 'Navigation' activity, where routes are plotted point-to-point, rather than a single linear route. Not entirely sure how it would be possible to upload when a point had been reached, so as to make a segment/mini route.  A great tool to analyse route choice/which route was most efficient in terms of distance/climb.  I suppose if the user were to press 'lap' on the device when a point is reached, you might be able to capture that....

     

    Phil 

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  • Using GPS terminology, we would like to create a different type of Strava segment, what could be defined by a series of (proximity) waypoints (a.k.a. routes) instead of tracks.

    This opens the possibility of completing segments on different ways (climbing a mountain on road or off-road), finding better paths (choosing between bridges in a city), competing on tours defined only by checkpoints, and allows some detours for various reasons on longer journeys. Modifying the mobile apps or the other upload methods is not necessary, the only changes should be in the segment matching (backend) and segment creating (UI) parts.

     

     Dezso

     

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  • Yes - I would love this as a very commuter friendly feature. I'm always going from the same point a to the same point b - but routes may vary because of lights, weather, desire to change it up. So having this would make it easy to group all those together and look at them in aggregate to see how much faster/slower certain paths are, etc.

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  • yes, please do it

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  • For all the same reasons as Felix...

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  • hello,

    YES, YES, YES

    For finding best way through the city/suburb, this would be a most needful and fantastic feature.

    Please, if possible, add this!

    Many thanks in advance!!!

     

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  • I was submitting same idea, but have seen yours! nice one!

    It would be great! commuting oriented. The kom would be double: shorter route or less time going from A to B

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  • Nice to ride to the work with it
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  • Great Idea, I wish a similar feature also ;-)

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  • Ohhhh yes! Please Strava...

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  • Completely agree. Strava acknowledges that the current segmenting doesn't work well for 'very long segments'. I'd suggest the new segment sort should be a pair (or, more generally, a series) of circles (not just points) whose diameter can be specified by the segment creator. A ride shall match the segment if it crosses each of the circles. Circles, as opposed to points, would allow to be more fuzzy about the segment start/finish.

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  • Chris D, you'd also have to indicate a maximum length or a maximum time, so as not to match against people who just happen to ride by the start/end points while doing some long unrelated ride.

    As for the circles, Strava already does that with current segments... there's quite a bit of fuzz in the matching, due to the impreciseness of current GPS stuff.

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  • I was about to add the same feature and came across this, would love to see it! Would be so useful to compare my commutes (and aggregate to work out which route is consistently the fastest). 

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  • It took me more than 2 years to find "optimal" commute route, but I'm still unsure if this really is the fastest one. For example, I avoided longer, but flat heavy traffic main road. My "optimal" route includes two uphils.  Point-to-point segments could easily answer questions like this. If Strava really intent to do something useful for commuters, this should be their first move. 

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  • That's an interesting use case that I hadn't thought of @Andrzej.  It sort of matches something I built for myself that analyzes all my activities and tells me the fastest I've ever returned home from a variety of spots in the mountains around me, which is useful data for planning future rides. Point-to-point segments would stand in for this most very well!

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  • I would love to see this feature

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  • I fully support this suggestion!! Please do this!!! :) 

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  • This would be great! I probably have at least 10-20 different variations on my route to work, would be nice to be able to compare these efforts.

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  • I do off track running, in open country and bush (carpal to peak), where distances are long and virtually impossible to repeat. This would be a great addition!

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  • Please add this, i'm fed up of biking to work, and then trying to work out if it was quicker than other routes. Also people mentioned they'd like to compete against other people from A to B via any route, but i'd rather just have it private, and compare my own times, distance and routes.

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  • I created a 10-mile long segment that goes from one side of San Diego to the other. It's a ride I do often. My start and end points are common enough that I was sure others would show up on the leaderboard, but a year has gone by and I am still the only one. This must be due to the particular route I take through downtown. It might be a single turn that differs from what others have taken. If Strava offered the option of point-to-point rides, or enlarged waypoints as others have suggested, I would see how others negotiate downtown and I'd have some competition.

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  • Bump.

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  • Agree that this would be an incredible feature!  I commute 21 miles to work and commonly take different routes due to traffic.  I would love to be able to compare all my rides to/from work and see how they compare.

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  • YES. This would open so many interesting possibilities to orienteering, commuting, really long segments, enduro racing, swimrun, triathlon.

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  • I'd love to see this feature as well!

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  • Is this done yet? Is there an app that does this already?

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  • yes please.  A to B segments by any route would be great!

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