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  • My request is to implement a SEARCH FOR ROUTES by name, length, climb, a way to filter the routes. Most of we have a ton of routes made with strava, and I think that a search engine for own routes is a must!, and a way to show the routes on a list, table with details or alternative view mode to search them faster, will be apreciated too.

    I use to make and program events using routes for my club, and sometimes it is easier and faster to me to recreate the route again, than searching with paging between more than 250 routes and the only way to search between them is paging and scrolling.

    I think this is bad for strava too, and not optimal in terms of storing information, because strava end storing in their systems the same route more than once, and we (the users) end up having a ton of very similar routes.

    This is a capture from my account, showing the only way to search between routes now, and the way they are presented:

    This is the only feature that has not evolved since I'm using strava, and I think will help most of us.


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  • Hello,

    I would like o be able to filter routes in the same format as activities can, ie filter by distance, elevation & time.

    It will allow me to do more quickly find routes according to the time and type of training being targeted.

    The reason that is important is because of the route feature is awesome and the estimated time is critical for all us time poor athletes.

    Being able to easily select a route that has already been mapped (i have 200 routes) will be a HUGE advantage for so many athletes.


    All the data is there, it should be reasonably easy to implement in theory so PLEASE PLEASE support this initiative. 


    Thanks Rob

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  • Provide search also for public routes. Currently one can classify route as public, but without direct link no one can retrieve them...

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  • Feature Request: Ability to save Routes to a Group.

    Particularly with the pandemic going on, it would be the best way for members of our running club to be able to share routes with each other. They could be used for training, for virtual races, etc.

    Today, the only way to do it is to have a separate mailing list, and share Strava route links in email and the like.

    Ideally, we'd be able to compete on routes in the same way that we can compete on segments today. But, really, any way to share common routes with a group/club would be an excellent start.

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  • Hello ! 

    My request is to have folders to organize routes. It will allow users to categorize routes by region, country, length, season... etc. I'm starting to gather a high number of routes and it is becoming hard to navigate. For example, I recently went on a multi-day trip and have drawn a route for each day of riding. I would love to keep them for future reference, but I find they are getting in the way of the routes I use all the time that are now far down the list on mobile. 

    Folders would be an ideal solution for this issue and would allow users to find their own routes more easily according to categories they defined themselves. I'm thinking that creating and editing folders could be features available on desktop only, but browsing would be available on mobile as well. 

    Thanks for reading, 




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  • So, it looks like my first post was deleted. Oh well. Hopefully this one meets the criteria for a useful post.

    I would like to resurrect a long requested suggestion: adding turn-by-turn audio navigation to Routes. As an Android App user Routes is pretty useless to me, except to allow me to create routes that I then have to export out to another service that will give me this feature.

    I know that many GPS units (Garmin, Wahoo, etc.) will add turn-by-turn cues to a Strava Route, but if I am using the App I do not have that functionality. This is a safety issue. I don't want to keep looking at my screen to make sure I'm following the planned route. My eyes should be on the road and any hazards that might be right in front of me. I can't keep them there if I'm looking at my phone screen. Alternately, you could add a feature to the Android/iPhone apps so that they can use the same Route files as the Garmins/Wahoos and add cues to them in the app. Is there an app group that request should be posted to?

    Please consider adding this feature soon, or at least giving us a timeline for when it might be added.

    Thanks, Tony

    Edit: Any input from Strava on if this is even being considered? RideWithGPS is doing it (as I'm sure are others) and I am paying them $6/month for just this functionality. I'm sure there are many App users that would up their membership to Premium if this were a feature.

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  • A number of us have been asking for the ability to sort/filter/search routes we have created for literally years. I also like the idea of someone above to have folders, provided this didn't interfere with the sort/filter/search. Surely this would be a simple thing for you to do? I actually find it quicker to just recreate routes from scratch rather than trying to find them on my Strava. I know many other folks feel the same. I am pleased that you are trying to add new features recently but this would be a big plus for Strava vs other apps like RWGPS

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  • Hi,

    After having created a route, I would like to be able to see all the segments on that route, the same way as if i have just completed the ride. Instead it only gives a short list of random segments which isnt particularly useful. I think this would be a useful feature as it will allow you to see any particularly difficult climbs or descents or even just any particularly well known segments. For example i have just created a 200km route and its only showing about 10 segments on that route which isn't useful for that size of a ride and doesn't show any segments for a large portion of the route.

    FYI: I had searched for this on Google but it only brought me to a couple of dead links from years ago so this issue/feature may have already been flagged/requested but I don't see it here.


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  • Story : As a Gravel cyclist, I would like to be able to easily find local dirt tracks so that I can plan more diverse routes. 

    Problem : Route builder, at the moment, isn't great for 'finding' dirt roads, If you have a point 'A' and point 'B', it will find recommend gravel roads but where is the best point 'B' for finding Gravel?

    Suggestion : The Strava route builder could be change to highlight (by colour or using a filter) 'dirt' tracks differently from normal roads in the heatmap feature.


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  • Strava Routes. Add functionality to 'Search by keyword', 'Search within a route distance range', 'Search by location'

    This would allow one to easily find routes by keywords added to the description, e.g. '#gravel', '#a2b', '#cafe', #traffic free' etc. It would also allow you to narrow in on routes over a specific distance, say approximately 100km, 100miles etc.

    A further extension would be to allow searching within a specified distance of the route start point, particularly useful if you often start from different locations.

    Some of this functionality is available in the My Activities view on the website and works very well so must be easy to port. 

    Veloviewer also allows this functionality but it would be nice to have it directly available on the Strava website.

    Another option for premium users perhaps?

    Posts and also cover this.

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  • When using route builder, it would be useful to be able to specify sections you would NOT like to ride. Yes, you can redirect the route, but many times I find I'm repeatedly having to tell the generated route to avoid dangerous stretches of road due to lack of shoulder, notoriety for aggressive drivers, homeless camps blocking most or all of the path, etc. It would be useful for me and others to be able to specify stretches of road/path that are dangerous to caution others against taking them. Additionally, using traffic data from google maps or other services that measure driving volume would be a nice addition to route builder when making a route somewhere you are unfamiliar with.

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  • Provide the ability to "ignore commutes" when using route builder.

    Most of the time the route builder is used for leisure rides, but the route is skewed by the commute data when "follow most popular" is selected.

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  • Improve calculation for estimated moving time. For instance according route type (road, cross, mtb) and respective 4-week average speed per ride type. Current estimates are inaccurate for athletes having mtb and road activities in the last 4 weeks. Other possibility would be to allow users to manually set the average speed per route.

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  • The route builder has been frustratingly broken for many months with trails that used to be routable, that are now missing.

    Here are two screenshots, one with the full route I created back in February 2020 when the route builder was working. The second, when I try to recreate it (so I can change/correct part of the route) just now. The trail from the parking lot isn't available (to the route builder) anymore and instead it takes you out to the road, then to a private road, until it can route on to the part of the trail that is available. And again, at the bottom of the image, the available trail just stops and it backtracks all the way to the road again to come around the long way from the other side, instead of just connecting the two waypoints on either side of "Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve" label like it originally did in the old route.



    Another thing that would be helpful is a way to use Manual Mode in the middle of the route (to correct problems when the available trail/road/etc. isn't available), instead of adding from the end of the route. The way it behaves now, it means redoing the whole route from scratch, and at the moment, redoing manual route entries all over again too since it's so broken.

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  • An option to reverse a copy of a route.

    I see this feature was added on Dec 5th 2020 - many thanks :)

    Useful to add variety to a standard loop, take advantage of prevailing wind conditions or to start from the opposite end of an A-2-B ride.

    One way streets might present issues to this functionality, at worst these could be ignored and left for users to correct or at best flagged to highlight issues.

    Garmin Connect provides this option as does RideWithGPS to name but two.

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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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  • Hello!

    I think it would be a great idea to be able to specify a start and end point to the Randomly Generated Route Suggestions on the mobile strava app. The idea would be to input a start and end point to the app and select a Distance, elevation and surface and Generate a journey. This would allow users to quickly find new routes to their nearest coffee shop, the local grocery store or maybe even to work! This would allows users to turn even the most mundane journeys into training sessions, exploring the local area down paths they may not have taken before.

    For example, I’m cycling back from work, home is only 20km away, but wanted to stretch that ride into 50km and get some climbs in on the way. I could set my start and the end points then select from the drop down list, set the rough distance and, selecting the hilly option, the route planner would give me a route as I’m unlocking my bike.

    This would be a benefit to the time crunched cyclist or runner who doesn’t have time or know the local area well enough to plan a route through the website. Spontaneously Auto generating the point to point route would engage more users to crunch more miles in their daily pursuits.

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  • Please allow us to search for routes by the name of the athlete who created it.  The ability to add and search by keywords or hashtags would also be very valuable.  I create a lot of routes for various groups and need individuals to be able to easily find and star them for download to their device.  At present I have to manually share each route with each individual which is just not practical.  I tried to make the move from using RideWithGPS for routes to Strava but this was a showstopper.

    The relatively new "Explore Routes" feature on the app is a good start but it doesn't allow searching by athlete or keyword, plus restricting results to the first 3 is a huge limitation.  I'd also like to see the ability to star a route without saving it.  Requiring a save just overcomplicates things when a rider simply want to get my route on their bike computer, without changing it.

    Also please add route search to the Web version, not just the mobile app.  Most people I know use the web version for route planning.

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  • 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!


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  • Shops, gas stations and other sources of water and food on the map.

    In the hot season it is difficult to take enough water with you for long trip. And on a weekend, finding a working store or gas station is not so easy. It would be great if, when planning a route, shops or gas stations were displayed on the map.

    Personal marks on the map

    And in general, It would also be great if I could mark places on the map (shops, home, work, interesting places and others). And later, when making a route, use these points.

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  • Implement the Route Search Feature finally, please! 

    To find a specific route in the WebApp, right now I need to browse my 250 or so routes manually as no search is available. This means paging through 23 pages (each page containing 20 routes). This is simply not state of the art, you know!

    There are dozens of posts with hundreds of votes all asking Strava to finally implement that route search feature. I am a paying premium user, like many others.

    So listen to us and implement the Feature finally. Thank you!


    Here are some indications on the actual functionality and on how the UI/UX could look like.

    Minimum requirement: Full text search by route name.
    Comfort function: Supplementary search or restriction option via distance range as well as optional altitude meter range.
    The benefit of the function would be great for the entire community
    -Users can quickly find the desired routes with a keyword
    -Users can specifically search for long or short, flat or challenging routes with a lot of elevation gain.
    This will allow users with many routes to quickly and efficiently narrow down the route list. This allows everyone to find their desired route much faster.
    The UI of the function can be placed on the 'My routes' page under the 'Create a new route' button together with the buttons for the cycling, running and walking sports.



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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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  • Labels for routes to be able to filter efficiently.

    When opening the routes page I would like to be able to create labels to sort the routes. I want to be able to create labels for MTB, Gravel and Road for instance, but also for areas where I go biking. The next obvious step would be to filter the routes by label so that I don't have to sort throught tens of routes to find the right one.
    This is different from the idea (posted in other posts) to have folder because then a route can be in one folder at a time, with labels you can several. So I would add 'mtb', 'north of holland', 'hard', 'downhill'. Another route could be 'Road', 'north of holland', 'hard'. So both in North of Holland but different roads.

    Basically adding to the post of TR Ruben Vico

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  • It would be helpful if I could take a recent ride and modify it slight to create a new, downloadable Route. Currently, adding a waypoint causes the Route to assume that the new waypoint is the Finish point with no apparent way to modify it. In addition, I cannot drag an existing waypoint to a new location without the software thinking the Route will include an Out-Back as opposed to including an additional loop of roads. Perhaps I am overlooking something, but the available controls do not seem to support either as a simple option.

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  • Folders to Organise Routes
    My request is to have folders to organise routes. It will allow users to categorise routes by region,  length, activity type, long runs, hill runs, training runs or runs for a specific event etc.

    I have a very high number of saved and created routes and it is very difficult to navigate.

    For example, I have routes saved for when I am at my home town, and also when I'm away at my Uni town. Then as well, I have routes solely for day-trips away, or also for training sessions and commutes. I find they are all getting very mixed up and I struggle to find the routes I am looking for.

    Folders would be an ideal solution for this issue and would allow users to find their own routes more easily according to categories they defined themselves.

    I'm thinking that creating and editing folders could be features available on desktop only, but browsing would be available on mobile as well. 

    This would be a massive benefit to Route Building!

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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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  • My problem with routes is that when I create a route from another existing Strava activity, Strava ignores elevation data from that activity and sometimes replaces it with a very spotty and often invalid elevation data that it gets from other sources. 

    That is kind of a big deal for outdoor activities such as Trail Running on a rugged mountainous terrain. Having a good elevation data is very important. Once I have the route ready in Strava, I sync it to my Garmin watch, and because of the bad elevation data many functions of Garmin don't work as expected. For example, ClimbPro is often broken or shows some nonsense climbs with 3 times as much elevation gain as the actual one, the remaining elevation when following the route is wrong, and it shows elevation elevation profile for the route that is really blocky or have sharp spikes in some places.

    Please, when the elevation data is good in the original activity to start with, Strava should just use that.


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  • Using Strava route editor on trails is a somewhat frustrating experience:

    1) Some trails that appear on the map are not routable despite having a lot of popularity data.

    2) If I attempt to use a manual mode to work around the trails that are not routable, that easily get overridden by the editor later, when it attempts to snap the manually edited segments to the nearby trails or roads, causing the route to be completely broken up.

    3) The elevation data for routes is often of very poor quality, with sudden changes in the elevation or the elevation being stuck at the same value for long distances, or sudden spikes. That is made much worse by the fact that when the route is synced to Garmin, Garmin seems to just blindly trust the elevation and sync the route as is to the watch, and then that causes massive issues during a run, making features like ClimbPro completely useless.

    Here is an example of a route where I used the manual mode in two places and both got broken when I saved the route:

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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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