Strava End of Year Insights

Strava has released its third annual End of Year Insights report this week, providing valuable data about cyclists in the U.S., Canada and the world!

Strava is the most widely used tool to track bike rides and running in the world. The data they collect is often used by cities to make cycling better and safer when creating new bike lane projects. Data has also been used to show positive economic impact of cycling for small communities and local businesses.

Here is a breakdown of the Strava data for cycling in 2016:

How much are we riding?

Strava athletes logged around 45 million more activities than in 2015 and generated more than 60,000 years worth of cumulative activity time.

World totals

161 million activities uploaded to Strava (32 million from the U.S.)
180 billion feet of elevation gain recorded
3.6 billion miles logged
962,369 centuries ridden

Men vs. women

U.S. men

Average distance per ride: 22.3
Average speed per ride: 15.1 miles per hour

U.S. women

Average distance per ride: 20.1
Average speed per ride: 12.8 miles per hour

Cycling by the states

Fastest average speed

  • Louisiana: 15.2 miles per hour
  • Mississippi: 14.7 miles per hour
  • Florida 14.7: miles per hour

Hilliest rides

  • Vermont: 421 feet per ride
  • Montana: 383 feet per ride
  • West Virginia: 374 feet per ride

Longest average ride

  • Florida: 38.4 miles
  • Louisiana: 37.6 miles
  • Mississippi: 36.5 miles

Most activities logged

  • California shared 7.8 million
  • Colorado shared 1.8 million
  • Texas shared 1.7 million

The top cycling segments are located in Richmond, Brooklyn, San Diego, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Houston, Sausalito, Long Beach and Key Biscayne.

Kudos = community

Strava measures its social community activity by the number of kudos given to praise another athlete’s activity. This year, Strava saw 1.3 billion kudos given worldwide, with 212 million kudos within the U.S.

12,444 kudos for Greg Van Avermaet’s gold medal ride in Rio!


The U.S. saw a 165.3 percent increase in commuting during the summer months according to Strava data. May 12 was the biggest day for Strava commuters with riders logging 44,682 commutes in total.

127,913 commutes logged per week
Average commute time: 35 minutes
Average commute distance: 8.3 miles
Average commute speed: 13.6 miles per hour

79,879 Strava cyclists uploaded a commute on May 10 for the first ever Global Bike to Work Day. Strava says they saved roughly 514 tons of carbon emissions by not driving to work on just one day.

We recommend these Garmin devices for tracking your rides with Strava:

Garmin Edge 820 – $399.99

Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch -$199 

To see more data from around the world visit: End of Year Insights report

If you have a smart phone you can download the Strava App here

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