1.5 Million Walks, Runs, and Bike Rides from RunKeeper mapped on Mapbox


Two Mapbox developers Garrett Miller & Eric Fischer worked on a cool project. They’ve pulled some data from RunKeeper, a jogging app that recently partnered with Mapbox, and they visualized 1.5 million walks, runs and bike rides in cities all over of the world.

The effect is really cool. The colors of the tracks represent a length of each track. Shorter workouts range from cold blue to hot pink, mid-length routes are represented by glowing white and longer routes over 25 km yellow. Of course some cities have more data available than others. Nonetheless there are several patterns common in most of urban spaces e.g people like to run by a water.

Mapbox RunKepper - Geoawesomeness

We’ve seen a similar project made by Strava, which launched as a commercial platform called Strava Metro with a similar data designed for urban planners. Check out this video to learn how has the platform been used in Portalnd:

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Compared, the Mapbox and Strava platforms are similar. What I like about Mapbox is that it visualizes additional data about the length of a trip. Strava on the other hand allows for much more detailed zoom than Mapbox. At the end the most important thing is the volume of the data, and I guess that this varies from a city to a city.

source: MapBox

I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.


    • Yeah. Totally agree!!! Dark background makes the map really readable and this particular visualisation has been done with a lot of taste.


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