Some time ago I read about a project in which bike commuters tracked their paths in order to map then on-line and have a place to see the most frequent routes in their city. Do you know this or other similar projects?

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Strava has a heatmap function you can enable on their route planner. This will show the more frequently used streets and will vary intensity of color based on popularity.


Garmin Connect also has a heat map functionality built in to their route planner.


The garmin maps seem to be more effective in heavily used areas like city center and heavily trafficked trails, while strava seems to be a bit better at showing a bit more detail in both city and rural areas.

May also want to check out Race Shape's heat map, which seems to be a worldwide bike based heat map. Race shape pulls data from strava and ridewithgps.com to create these heat maps. http://raceshape.com/heatmap/

(Strava has taken over Raceshape and incorporated it in their premium product.)

  • That last link is very interesting.
    – Tom77
    Feb 28, 2014 at 15:13
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    Yeah, Raceshape looks like the best reference out of the bunch. It looks pretty nice, despite being a bit crowded with routes, but the color coding is nice to see the more frequented routes.
    – Benzo
    Feb 28, 2014 at 15:32
  • Nice options. However I think in Strava or Garmin sites you can not see the maps if you have an account and/or the app installed.
    – Andrestand
    Mar 1, 2014 at 11:27
  • Yeah, on strava, I don't know that the heat maps are available on mobile. They are in the web app and enabled by the config sidebar, they are not on by default. You may need to be logged in, but do not have to have a premium / paid account.
    – Benzo
    Mar 1, 2014 at 14:31

You're probably thinking of Rideable - Cycling Visualisations. They have videos showing commutes in Sydney, London and Bristol.

There are other projects such as the London Cycling Census. That compares different vehicle types (bicycles, cars, buses, lorries, etc).

More generally, The Guardian Datablog is a good source for this sort of information.


There's an android app mapmyride which sounds similar to what you want. It may also be on the iPhone

  • I don't think MapMyRide does the type of comparison that the OP is asking for.
    – jimchristie
    Feb 28, 2014 at 15:04

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