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4:42 PM on Friday, July 31, 2020

Getting you on the right route, and how you can help us improve

We've got two Routes-related bits of news this week. One is about some updates we've made, and the other is about ways you can help make Routes better for everyone.

First up, whether you're finding suggested routes in the app or mapping your own course on the web, we've improved how we determine if an area allows foot or bike traffic. With a new process for combining popularity data with bike- and foot-access info, we're better able to route you on the most favorable trails and roads for your sport.

Access-info doesn't exist for every location, so keep your head up while you're out there and follow any signage or local instructions.

And that brings us to our next bit of news:

Nothing beats first-hand knowledge, and if you do find yourself being routed somewhere you shouldn't be, you can update these areas yourself using OpenStreetMap.

OpenStreetMap is a community-supported mapping service that helps power Routes, and it's free to contribute your edits to things like whether a trail is open to foot or bike traffic or if a road is paved or dirt.

If that sounds like your cup of tea and you'd like to make Routes safer and more accurate for everyone on Strava, then check out how to get started using OpenStreetMap here:

Catch up on other recent updates and improvements on the "What's new?" page: