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Strava’s new heat map uses 27 billion km of data

See the world's most popular cycling routes or just the busiest streets in your corner of the globe

by Tim Huebsch

Strava, the website and mobile application used to track physical activity, launched a heat map recently showing the most popular spots in the world to ride.

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With the help of user-uploaded GPS data, Strava created what they call the “ultimate map of athlete playgrounds.” According to Strava Labs, more than one billion activities comprise the heat map including 13 trillion data points. Data can be sorted by activity, which includes cycling.

“It includes over 27 billion kilometers of data, overlapping to show the most frequented spots for sport on the globe,” according to Strava. “This incredible visualization was created with 200 thousand years of movement including thousands of marathons and countless coffee rides. What looks like a multihued map of the Earth is actually the white hot visualization of over 1 billion activities on Strava.”

You can see the heat map on Strava’s website here.