Heat Map - ex-major race routes?
I love the Heat Map and I use it all the time to find new running routes local, but also to find where to run when I'm traveling. I figure if a route shows up on the Heat Map, it's a pretty good, runner-friendly place to get a work out in...but then I realized something. That's not always the case if there is a major race in town.
Take New York City for example. I would not recommend running up 1st Avenue. It's really busy, there is a light/street crossing every 0.05 miles (literally) and it's just far from ideal. But 1st Avenue is super bright on the Heat Map. Why? Because 50,000 runners run up 1st Avenue when running the NYC Marathon. The you can very easily spot the entire marathon course on Strava Heat Map because there are just so many runners that run that race...but outside of race day, without street closures, that's really not a great route to run. The same is true for the Brooklyn Half Marathon course.
So, I would suggest creating a filter for the Heat Map that excludes races, that way I can scope out a route for a run when I'm out of town without accidentally
finding myself on a dodgy, not-pedestrian friendly route.