Strava’s Bike to Work day gathered data to improve bike infrastructure

Hit record, commute, do work. May 10th is Global Bike to Work Day. Together we can make #CommutesCount!

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On Tuesday, Strava (the self-pronounced social network for athletes) hosted its first ever global Bike to Work day.

Nearly 50,000 cyclists rode a combined total of more than 800,000 miles across the world.

But of the top countries in participation, the United States didn’t crack the top 10.

However, Paul Dzierba finished second overall for the longest ride in Portland, Oregon.

He rode for 13 hours, 5 minutes and 25 seconds, falling short of the longest bike ride by about eight minutes.

All of the rides logged are used to help Strava work with local governments to improve biking infrastructure as part of Strava Metro.


Strava’s app allows people to log bike rides and runs on their smartphone.

Strava Metro takes all of the information users log from their smartphone and anonymizes the information.

Then the team at Metro takes the information and shows local city officials how people are using transportation.

“In almost every city, Strava has recorded more commuting and cycling transit data than the local government,” Strava’s Vice President Gareth Nettleton said in a press statement. “Billions of data points have given us a unique perspective on how cyclists and runners move through urban areas.”

Local officials can see transportation strengths and weaknesses and use the data to make more bikable and walkable streets.

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