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Strava announces Global Heatmap

by Shane Stokes

The Strava company has unveiled a new feature which enables users to see details of what are 1 billion activities from over 10 million users. It enables those using the service to see the numbers of those cycling, running and swimming in specific areas around the world.

“A global community can seem very abstract until you see its activities visually represented in your immediate location and across the world,” said Strava CEO James Quarles. “It’s not just runners and cyclists, either — skiers, hikers, kiteboarders and even mountaineers on Everest are all counted in more than a billion uploads from the Strava community.”

In total, the new map includes activities from 31 different sports; taking out a Strava Premium subscription enables people to be able to access their own personal maps. Strava has said that there is a practical application too; the data is used in the separate Strava Metro feature, with the aim of working with transportation departments and cities around the world to improve infrastructure for both pedestrians and cyclists.

Strava Metro currently enables users to plan routes by accessing similar maps of popular areas.

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