London Cycle Commutes Visualised

Andy Thornley
By Andy Thornley Last edited 36 months ago
London Cycle Commutes Visualised
Popular routes such as Hyde Park and Millbank are shown in a darker colour

New data released by popular cycling app Strava has visualised millions of commuters' journeys to and from work. Using data from over 7m rides in the capital in the last year, they’ve plotted heat maps showing popular routes around the city.

The app uses GPS, either through your phone or cycle computer, and works by recording various metrics such as the speed and route you ride. Once you’ve finished, you can upload it to their site and see a plethora of information including who has been riding the same road as you and how you compare. This data has given Strava the opportunity to aggregate it to plot the habits of London's cyclists. The data revealed:

  • The average distance of commute is 9.3 miles.
  • The most popular day to cycle to work is Tuesday.
  • 7,052,729 commutes were uploaded to the site in London during the last year.
  • The daily average of rides uploaded is 19,224.
  • Wednesday 13 May 2015 was the most popular day, with 37,226 rides recorded — over 93% higher than the daily average.

Visit the Strava Insights website to view the maps.

Last Updated 11 October 2015