Strava’s recommended routes are really handy, but I’ve often found myself running through a dark park, or a very poorly lit area as part of the route (and without prior knowledge). As a woman, it can often be a scary situation and makes me apprehensive about getting out to run during the winter.
I believe strava can significantly enhance user safety by integrating street light level data into its suggested running routes.
With safety a paramount concern, providing street light information would enable runners to make informed decisions, reducing the risk of accidents or hazards during low-light conditions. This also promotes inclusivity and accommodates for diverse needs so that all users, regardless of ability, can access safer routes.
One way to do this could be through community collaboration, and asking users to rate the run based on lighting conditions. This would furthermore foster community engagement and a sense of purpose in wanting to ensure all other runners are safe.