Discover New Areas with Strava Global Heatmap

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 9.59.10 AMStrava is a GPS made for tracking runs and bike adventures. It works with smartphones and a lot of fitness watches that have integrated GPS trackers. The idea is you can track your progress and see how you’re doing. But what’s even more interesting is what Strava has done with that data. They’ve released a global heat map that assembles all the data together in one place.

The point of the map is to show the most popular runs and bike rides with strong shading in red on the standard grey map, and show less traveled routes in light blue. With some investigation, you’ll find that there are some hidden areas in our neck of the woods you might not have known about. Take a look at the heat map and look at areas that are in light blue, just faintly visible on the map, to find somewhere you’ve probably never been before. Switching to the blue map makes it easier to spot the faint lines of a sparsely traveled area.

There are some areas in Fayetteville that we didn’t know were areas you could use bikes or run in, especially one secret area near the highway you’ll have to search for on the map. Take a close look in your favorite areas to see if there’s something you’re missing like we were.

GPS trackers are a great way to track your progress and train better and we have a few in stock in our store and with the new Strava map, you might not even need to sync with their system to get the benefits of their software. Or you might want to keep your secret areas more secret—and then you’ll want to avoid using Strava so others don’t discover your hidden spot.

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