Thanks to Ken Edwards for sharing this link from Strava, the finess tracking app. The company has released a heatmap based on data they’ve collected from people who bike and run and otherwise “recreate” all over the world.
“Over a billion other Strava activities were used to create the new Heatmap. It includes over 27 billion kilometers of data, overlapping to show the most frequented spots for sport on the globe. This incredible visualization was created with 200 thousand years of movement including thousands of marathons and countless coffee rides,” says the company.
Strava doesn’t reveal how many different people or trips are represented in this visualization, but it’s still an interesting look at how we move around.
The bright yellow lines on each map represented the highest usage, and purple is the lowest. In the map below, The Trans Canada Trail next to Abbott Street stands out as the brightest route, running diagonally from lower left to upper right.
You can use the maps to find some “off the beaten track” trails to explore. A couple examples…
Looking for other fitness enthusiasts? Look for landmarks on the map like the track behind Sacred Heart / GRC.
Strava also shares a more detailed dataset with municipalities, including the City of Ottawa, so that they can use the information to make better planning and transportation decisions. For example, the data could be used to identify a need for better sidewalks or cycling infrastructure.
The arrow below points to a section of pathway that links Victor Street to Amberwood. Popular trails like this one could be candidates for upgrades in the future.
The arrow below points to a section of pathway at Bandmaster Park in Fairwinds. For a few years now I’ve been asking the city to plow this route during the winter, since it’s a useful (and apparantly popular!) north-south connector in our neighbourhood.
The map can also reveal some revealing info. This cycling heatmap shows several visits to Lois & Frima’s on Stittsville Main.