Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Strava Heat Map

I just spent an hour inhaling the new online map from Strava. It plots aggregated route data from their users, showing the most popular bike routes in brighter colors.

 It's amazingly accurate. I know because I spotted a discontinuity just north of Stedman, NC. I quickly recognized it as the long driveway into a Marathon convenience store, very popular with RUSA riders and local roadies. I've ridden this exact little detour countless times.

Here's a live map centered on the Stedman Marathon:     http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#15/-78.69499/35.05709/blue/bike  Click the Google Street View icon to see from a rider's perspective.  Then zoom way back to find your own locations.

Enjoy this amazing resource for route planning.