Strava Releases 2014 Cycling Data

UK cycling stats among the most surprising

Jan 12, 2015
Outside Magazine

Strava users spent about 1.7 billion miles in the saddle in 2014.    Courtesy of Strava

Strava, the mobile activity tracker ranked among the most popular fitness apps in the world, has released data on users’ cycling habits in 2014, offering a revealing portrait of how amateur and commuter cyclists spent the past year.

Bike Radar reports that Strava users spent about 1.7 billion miles in the saddle over the past 12 months, clocking about 75.7 million rides, including 96,000 century rides (covering 100 miles or more), and a total elevation gain of 86.9 billion feet.

Though the tech company was founded in San Francisco, many of the past year’s most interesting figures emerged from the UK, where users in London, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester, and Newcastle have been posting their ride data on Strava with aplomb. Somehow, Cambridgeshire, a relatively quiet region, was home to the fastest rides in the UK, with commuters racing to work or study at 16 miles per hour.

Less surprisingly, a ranking of the most active counties in the UK placed London at the top of the list, where the average bicycle commute was 38 minutes long. In late 2013, Mayor Boris Johnson announced a plan to make the city’s 33 most dangerous intersections safer for bikes, following string of six cyclist deaths over the course of two weeks.

“The cycling revolution will continue, and it will accelerate,” Johnson said, according to the Guardian. “London should be in many ways a perfect city to ride a bike.”

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