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161 Million Bike Rides Were Uploaded to Strava in 2016. Here’s the Averages From ALL The Stats…

The Strava community generated 60,400 years worth of cumulative activity time in the past year

All photos: Strava Insights 2016 – United Kingdom PDF

Strava has released their third End of Year report and it’s an interesting insight into not only just how many people actually use the app – but also into how often the average rider gets on their bike.

The report opens by saying that “from the finish lines at the world’s biggest races to the quiet trail in your neighbourhood park, if it was run or ridden in 2016, it was on Strava,” which isn’t quite accurate given that I rode my mountain bike down the staircase in my flat one day after a beer or two and didn’t stick it on Strava, but they can’t be too far off – 161 million rides were uploaded during 2016 around the world.

The Strava community generated a blistering 60,400 years worth of cumulative activity time in the past 12 months.

From the 161 million rides uploaded, 27.4 million of those came from cyclists in the UK (a significantly higher number than the 16.9 million runners who used the app in the UK).

8,570 uploads contained the word ‘Pokemon’, while 1.3 billion kudos – the Strava equivalent of ‘likes’ – were given out, 183 million of which came from the UK.

Greg Van Avermaet’s gold medal ride at the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro got the most kudos of any activity in 2016, and there were a lot of other well known names on the platform too.

A huge 51 million photos were shared around the world on Strava, with 5.4 million of those being taken in the UK.

Interestingly, 1.6 million athletes worldwide joined clubs on Strava, including 453,619 in the UK, a number which certainly suggests that the app gets a lot more people riding and socialising than usual.

So what about the nature of the riding itself? There was 89 million km of elevation gain, 5.8 billion km of ground were covered, and in the UK alone, 962,369 centuries (100 mile + rides) were completed.

The Fastest average ride in the UK was in Ards (25.4km/h) followed by Banbridge (25.2 km/h) and Coleraine (24.5 km/h) – all in Northern Ireland.


The most active areas were London (4.4 mill activities), West Yorkshire (915,489 activities) and then Manchester (898,131 activities).

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

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