Strava, the social network for athletes, has announced figures from their second Global Bike to Work Day, which took place on Thursday 11th May.
A total of 276,818 commute activities were logged by 180,539 cyclists on Strava around the globe on 11th May. 76,191 cyclists completed the Strava Global Bike to Work Day Challenge, earning a digital badge in the process. Overall, Strava commuters logged a staggering total of 5.3 million km on Global Bike to Work Day.
Strava introduced their Global Bike to Work Day in 2016 to show how uploading commutes to Strava can help urban planners to improve city infrastructure for cyclists. The initiative is called Strava Metro and it aggregates the millions of human-powered commutes uploaded to Strava every week. 160 million people already live in a city where Strava Metro partners with organisations and government agencies to make commuting better, including London, Los Angeles, Sydney, Oslo, Glasgow, Calgary and Portland.
The day was truly global with Strava members from 170 different countries getting involved, producing a total carbon offset of 1,580 tons. This is the equivalent of 184,000 cars idling for an hour.
There was a 94% increase in the number of cyclists on Strava who tagged a ride as a commute on Global Bike to Work Day vs the average weekday in April and May 2017.
The top countries by participation in Strava Global Bike to Work Day were:
The top cities were:
London (64% increase vs 2016)
Amsterdam (16% increase vs 2016)
San Jose (87% increase vs 2016)
San Francisco (66% increase vs 2016)
Melbourne (42% increase vs 2016)