Strava, the enormously addictive app that lets you record your bike rides and runs and compare your performance against others, has released a beautiful new website that provides some useful insights into commuter behaviours.
The website presents commuting statistics for the majority of the world’s major cities, but leveraging the millions of recorded routes that people submit from their smartphones or cycle computers. Not surprisingly the cities with established cycling culture and infrastructure, such as Amsterdam, have huge numbers of commuters and high average speeds (due to the flat terrain) whereas Los Angeles doesn’t fair so well. However, LA does appear to have a higher number of commuters (at least those that use Strava to record their routes) than Berlin. Here’s the deal for LA:
You can clearly see that people cycle where the infrastructure is better (i.e. a cycle lane) or the streets are quieter.
You can check out how your city compares by visiting Strava Insights