Strava adds POI map layer update for cyclists

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Strava will now help you find, what you need, anywhere in the world. (Photo: Strava)
Strava will now help you find, what you need, anywhere in the world. (Photo: Strava)

The world’s most popular cycling app has launched a new feature for its growing user community.

Strava’s latest update will make it even easier to plan rides and alter your route, according to specific requirements.

Most digital mapping technologies are designed for vehicles. Not bicycles. But Strava is different, as proved by the updated points of interest (POI) function for its map layer.

For Strava’s software engineers, the user logic of its POI layer is to help riders create the best possible routing experience.

Using the power of Strava’s enormous audience and their high frequency of activities and hyper-localized knowledge, the POI layer will help riders find the best rest and refuelling venues, on any route.

The power of a huge user community 

How does it work? A collection of new icons appear at the bottom of your Strava screen, and these can be used to add or seek a specific POI.

Whether you need or know of a bike shop, coffee stop, shaded rest area, public bathroom, or Insta-worthy image location – all these are worthy POIs with Strava’s latest update. Just touch that Smartphone screen on the relevant icon, to select.

Users can choose specific POI preferences to set their route, like a coffee stop or popular photo location. Want to plan an interesting route for that friend of a fellow rider, who might be new to town? You can use the POI feature to plot that, including all the best rest stops.

The Strava POI technology is entirely adaptive. If you have a mechanical mid-ride and rapidly need to get to a bike shop, it’s merely a tap away on the relevant POI icon, with Strava’s mapping technology readjusting your ride.

Strava’s new POI feature is available to the entire community, but using them in the route planner is only included for subscribers.

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