Cities, transportation planners and other interested groups can now apply to access Strava Metro data free of charge.
In a press release dated 23rd September 2020 Mark Gainey, co-founder of Strava said, “We always believed there were special ways in which the Strava community could contribute to the world at-large. Strava Metro was one such way. And given the growing need for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, we felt Strava Metro was too valuable and important not to make available to any organization attempting to make a difference in designing the cities of the future.”
Millions of people upload their bike rides, runs and walks to Strava every week via their smartphone or GPS device, and Strava Metro aggregates and de-identifies this data before making it available to help departments of transportation and city planning groups understand changing commute patterns, improve safety and evaluate infrastructure projects.
In total Strava claims a user community of 68 million not all of whom are cyclists, but also runners and walkers etc, across 195 countries. This number is growing by more than two million per month.
To date they have shared more than four billion trips to on Strava, which has created a unique database of active transport trip patterns. Strava is based in San Francisco, California and has 180 employees.
You can apply for free access to Strava Metro data here.