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Strava’s latest leaderboard goes far beyond your local king of the hill. Instead, it tallies total activity for both running and cycling, dissecting it into a few fun metrics, and pits ten major global cities against each other.

Counting the prior 12 months of activity, you can now see how London compares to New York, or Sāo Paulo to San Francisco, in terms of who goes the furthest, who’s the earlier bird and more. Check some of the lists and the full PR below…

PRESS RELEASE: Strava, the leading global community of runners and cyclists, has launched a new interactive data platform, Strava Insights, which highlights new running and cycling data from the world’s 12 most active cities.

Strava Insights provides unprecedented comparison of cyclists and runners across the globe. With a dataset that is growing by more than 5 million activities per week, and comprises nearly a trillion GPS data points, Strava is a leader in global running and cycling data.

“Strava Insights is the culmination of analyzing billions of GPS data points and millions of athlete activities, giving never-seen-before insight into cycling and running behaviors in 12 key global cities,” said Davis Kitchel, co-founder of Strava and Strava Geo lead. “We want to give our millions of athletes a fascinating view of how their own activities compare with their fellow community members both near and far.”

The Strava Insights platform refreshes each week and shows the last 12 months of data from Strava members, allowing comparison between the 12 most active cities. As it stands, more than 30 million activities have been uploaded in the last year across these cities. Cities in Strava Insights include: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Milan, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Sydney.

A staggering 20 million cycling activities alone have been logged on Strava across the 12 most active cities in the past year, which has unveiled some interesting insights:

Most active cycling city: London logged more than 7 million rides in 12 months. The most active cycling city in the U.S. is San Francisco (2.4 million rides), ranked third behind London and Amsterdam, and just ahead of Los Angeles.

Fastest running city: Parisian runners have the fastest average pace, with 8:56 minutes per mile, besting New York City, the fastest running city in the U.S., by 19 seconds.

Earliest birds: Sydney’s cyclists record 29 percent of their rides between 6-8 a.m. In the U.S., both San Francisco and Los Angeles’ cyclists record 11 percent of their runs between 6-8 a.m.

Who are the world’s fastest city dwellers?

Paris — 8:56/mi (avg. pace)
London — 9:00/mi
Berlin — 9:11/mi & Melbourne — 9:11/mi
Milan — 9:13/mi
New York City — 9:15/mi
Amsterdam — 9:19/mi
Sydney — 9:33/mi
Barcelona — 9:41/mi
San Francisco — 9:47/mi
Los Angeles — 10:26/mi
São Paulo — 10:45/mi

Which city runs the farthest?

Paris — 6.2 miles (avg. distance)
Barcelona — 5.9 mi & Milan — 5.9 mi
Berlin — 5.8 mi
Amsterdam — 5.2 mi
New York City — 5 mi & San Francisco — 5 mi.
London — 4.8 mi & São Paulo — 4.8 mi
Los Angeles — 4.7 mi & Melbourne — 4.7 mi
Sydney — 4.6 mi

Which city runs the most marathons?

London — 12,888 (completed over 12 months)
San Francisco —5,479
Amsterdam — 4,678
Los Angeles — 4,528
Paris — 4,200
Barcelona — 3,485
New York City — 2,698
Melbourne — 2,255
Sydney — 1,912
Berlin — 1,397
Milan — 1,241
São Paulo — 1,170

Which city cyclists ride the farthest?

Milan – 33.7 miles (avg. distance)
Amsterdam — 27.3 mi
Barcelona — 25.9 mi
Paris — 23.4 mi
Los Angeles — 20.8
Berlin — 19.8 & São Paulo — 19.8
Sydney — 19.7 & Melbourne — 19.7
San Francisco — 18.4
New York City — 17.4
London —16.1 mi

Which city cyclists ride the most?

London — 7,052,729 (uploads over 12 months)
Amsterdam — 2,760,418
San Francisco — 2,380,633
Los Angeles — 2,160,023
Melbourne — 1,665,635
Sydney — 1,392,290
Barcelona — 865,661
São Paulo — 767,234
New York City — 738,451
Milan — 563,778
Paris — 529,692
Berlin — 288,182

Check out more at Insights.Strava.com

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8 years ago

Denivelation, traffic, weather. You can pick only two 🙂

8 years ago

Would be interesting to know what the fastest city is for each country, maybe limiting it to those with population over 500k

8 years ago

What is STRAVA?

8 years ago

some of these would be more interesting per capita

8 years ago

Ditto to what @eadm said. Obviously the biggest cities will see the highest stats

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