Strava Data

PACTS recently purchased 2014 Strava Metro data for Cumberland and York Counties!! Click here to access the Strava Map.

Strava

What is Strava? Strava is an app that cyclists, runners, and other athletes use on their phone to record their activity and get statistics like distance, elevation, pace, etc. Strava now aggregates this data and provides it to planning organizations for a fee.

What can you do with Strava data? PACTS, MaineDOT, local governments, and others can make more informed decisions when planning, maintaining, and upgrading bicycle and pedestrian networks. While not everyone uses the Strava app, the data provides valuable information on how a small, but very active portion of the population navigates through our transportation system on foot or by bike. More information about Strava Metro, including an FAQ section, can be found on their website here.

What data is in the map? Below is a brief description of the data layers included in the map. Click on any individual road/trail segment in the map to view the underlying data for that layer.

  • BAADT (2014): “Bicycle Annual Average Daily Traffic.” An estimate for how many bike trips occur on a road segment for any given day. By comparing Strava data to Portland Trails’ automated count data at specific locations, we were able to determine that Strava users account for roughly 2-5% of all bike trips. This layer makes a conservative assumption that Strava activity accounts for 3% of all bike trips, then divides this number by 365 days.
  • BIKE (Total Athletes 2014): Total number of unique cyclists using Strava on the road segment/trail in 2014.
  • BIKE (Total Activities 2014): Total number of bike trips on the road segment/trail using Strava in 2014. Due to size limitations in the online map, this data is grouped into categories (0-50, 51-100, etc.).
  • PED (Total Athletes 2014): Total number of unique pedestrians (runners, hikers, exercise walkers) using Strava on the road segment/trail in 2014. Coming Soon!
  • PED (Total Activities 2014): Total number of jogging/hiking/walking trips using Strava on the road segment/trail in 2014. Coming Soon!

Will PACTS be sharing the data? Yes!! PACTS is happy to share the Strava data with other agencies, organizations, and groups. Since we just received the data, we are currently figuring out how to use it, and what types of analysis we can do with it. However, the data in the online map is currently available to download and use in Google Earth. We’ll be sure to add more data to this page in the next few months…

Click on the links below to download .kmz files. Once downloaded, click twice on the file and it should open up directly in Google Earth. Click on any individual road/trail segment in Google Earth to view the underlying data for that layer.

Access Strava data in GIS shapefile form here.

For additional GIS data, or any other Strava-related questions, please contact Rick Harbison (rharbison@gpcog.org).