Strava Insights reveals worldwide running and cycling stats

Using data from Strava users around the world, now you can find out which city runs the fastest per mile, where you'll find the most early birds and night owls, and which city has logged the most century rides and marathons so far.

Credit: Heatmap created by cyclists in London

Strava users can now compare themselves and their fellow countrymen with others across the globe with the release of the new Strava Insights data.  

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The visualisation platform shows the fitness habits of similar communities in twelve major world cities, namely Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Milan, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Sydney.

Info includes the most popular routes in each city, cities with the fastest runners and cyclists, cities with the most marathoners and facts like the most active times of day in each city.

Unsurprisingly, Londoners are most active between the hours of 7am-9am and 5pm-7pm. They also log the most rides and runs of all, however lag behind on speed and distance. In bike-mad Amsterdam the average length of a ride uploaded is over 40km, whereas Parisians average a swift 8:56mins per mile as opposed to London’s 9 minute mile average.

Paris is home to the fastest runners based on average pace, whilst Londoners are the most prolific Strava users

Over ten million Strava activities have been logged in London over the last 12 months, and the capital is also top for commuting, with almost 10,000 journeys to work uploaded every day.

Curious about how runners and cyclists in major global cities stack up? Here are some of the stats and rankings in so far:

City that is the most active before work

Syndey, Australia – 45% of bike rides and 30% of runs happen between 5:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Most active day

13/05/2015 – on the day of the London to Paris bike ride, 37,226 users logged cycling activity on Strava, the most active day of all 12 cities recorded in the last year. 

Fastest city dwellers (running pace per mile)

Paris — 8:56/mi
London — 9:00/mi
Berlin — 9:11/mi & Melbourne — 9:11/mi
Milan — 9:13/mi
New York City — 9:15/mi
Amsterdam — 9:19/mi
Sydney — 9:33/mi
Barcelona — 9:41/mi
San Francisco — 9:47/mi
Los Angeles — 10:26/mi
São Paulo — 10:45/mi

Most marathons ran (completed over the last 12 months)

London — 12,888
San Francisco —5,479
Amsterdam — 4,678
Los Angeles — 4,528
Paris — 4,200
Barcelona — 3,485
New York City — 2,698
Melbourne — 2,255
Sydney — 1,912
Berlin — 1,397
Milan — 1,241
São Paulo — 1,170

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You can view the data that interests you most on Strava here.