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DoctorJohn
Shkhara
Status: Gathering Kudos

For many years now Strava is not able to pick up ferries in the Route builder.

Other programs like Kommoot or Google Maps have no problems with that.

When will this problem be resolved

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Jane
Moderator Moderator
Moderator

Hi DoctorJohn,

Thank you for your post.

Strava utilizes OpenStreetMap, an open-source project of geographical data for the entire world, alongside our own heat/popularity and other unique data, to help inform routing decisions. If you are experiencing a routing error, you can help the Strava community by contributing the edit to OpenStreetMap

Please note that changes will not be reflected immediately as map updates are completed periodically.


Jane (she/her)
STRAVA | Community Hub Team

DoctorJohn
Shkhara

Hello Jane,OSMAND also uses open street map, and pick up ferries correctly. So it is Mapbox or Strava that causes not implementing ferries in the route builder!!!

Jane
Moderator Moderator
Moderator

Hi again Doctor John,

Thanks for your reply.  I have confirmed you are correct, Strava Routes generally do not route using ferries.  I have moved this idea to our Feature Suggestion board, so that others can also vote on your idea. Feel free to comment on your post to add any details, screenshots, or tags. We kindly ask that you review our Feature Suggestions guidelines, particularly the “What makes a good idea” section, to ensure that your ideas are clear, concise, and can reach as many others as possible.

Thank you for your contribution, we value your input.


Jane (she/her)
STRAVA | Community Hub Team

Status changed to: Gathering Kudos
Soren
Denali
 
Martyn
Mt. Kenya

On behalf of all Dutch riders, in a country where we have over 300 ferries (and many Strava subscribers), I ask you to please include ferry crossings in the route builder. It would greatly improve the usability of this tool.

vanpuyveldewout
Mt. Kenya

Yes, 

We make now a route to the Ferrie, en start again with another route after the ferry,

In open "street view map" the ferrie exist, also enebled for bikers, but not possible in Strava routes.

Mayby in the future!

Former Member
Not applicable

I completely agree : ferries are a reality for many cyclists and programming Strava so that cyclists can include them in their route planning would  greatly enhance Strava's practicality.  

hannesgassert
Mt. Kenya

The most beautiful short ride at Lake Zurich involves taking the ferry from Meilen to Horgen. Being able to use that route for planned group rides would be lovely indeed. Can't be that hard to implement technically 🙂

couling
Shkhara

I've had similar problems when planning routes through Devon and Cornwall, with both Padstow/Rock and Torpoint ferry.  I can see both are on OpenStreetMap and, both have enough recordings to show up on the Strava heatmap. So it's a bit frustrating not to be able to create that without manually hacking a GPX file myself and distributing it.

I recognise implementing a route finder capable of utilising ferries may be complex to develop as the metrics for both time and distance would be complex to figure out.  If someone tries to plan a long route they typically don't want it to cheat and just find a ferry, train, ... that can just do part of the route for them. And yet ferries are great little hacks if you want to cycle particular roads.

Even if the route finder (software) component of Strava routes cannot use ferries, it would be greate if the users could explicitly use them.

A really great first step to getting this functionality may be to simply allow us to create a route with a deliberately missing section in it.  Eg: if an "end segment" and "start segment" did not try to plan a route between them. This would let us mark the ferry terminals, canal locks and other passable obsticals with an "end segment" on one side and a "start segment" on the other, leaving a gap across the water.  Waypoints would be excellent for this as they allow names and descriptions too.

OllieRoff
Mt. Kenya

Also back this. One of the most popular rides in Sydney is the three/four gorges. There is a short ferry route on this journey and it's impossible to make a route that includes this

bartvanandel
Mt. Kenya

As a resident of the Netherlands, the usefulness of the route planner is severely impacted by the lack of ferry support. There are just so many of them here, routing around them all the time is just straight up a turn down. Having support for ferries, or, if you will, "take a straight path here" (so users can manually take a shortcut anywhere the map routing won't go) would me much, much appreciated. For the moment, I'd rather just use Komoot, OSM, Google Maps, whatever, which is a pity because they don't integrate with Strava as nicely.

Is there an ETA for this feature? Is it on a roadmap somewhere?

daFred
Mt. Kenya

Maybe I'm missing something... But I would suggest at the least you should be able to "create customize route" which includes various transit Ferries, Busses, Trains, etc... By creating a route to the start of 'Transit' (Ferry, etc), then go to manual mode to go to next waypoint to where you will start 'riding' again, then customize that single waypoint to "DO NOT COUNT IN ACTIVITY" so that it doesn't register in your course distance, pace, time, etc... Then continue off manual mode to continue building your course.

Though it would be nice for full functionality like google maps utilizing various forms of transit, this makes most sense on easy immediate solution?!  Only thing you need to do is create a toggle on the customization of waypoint that says "do not include waypoint in course data" or something like that?

Chili66
Mont Blanc

Yes, concur with the need to map Ferry routes. Especially helpful for those who commute by bicycle.