Filtering on route planning and heat map doesn’t allow for detailed understanding of the road types.
Route planning for a bike ride will currently allow you to filter by paved roads, unpaved etc but for a road cyclist just because it’s paved doesn’t mean it is good to cycle on. I have moved to a new area recently and I don’t know the roads well. Creating routes on Strava I have often been taken onto to paved roads but of poor quality. A paved road may be good for commuting on comfy tyres but on a racing bike be unsuitable. Traffic on paved roads will also differ and is not taken into consideration when route planning or on heat maps.
Increased filtering options. It would good to be able to filter the global heat map by more precise criteria. This would allow a user to see the heat map most relevant for the type of ride they are doing.
By defining more criteria about your ride on the route planner it will allow a more suitable route to be created.
Filtering by the type of bike used will allow a user to differentiate between roads that are popular with commuters and those that are popular with road cyclists.
An extra section could be added to “Your Gear” to allow a user to add their tyre size. This could then allow filtering on heat map and route planning by the tyre size.
Filter by average speed of all users on that road. A higher average speed is likely to show that a road is not full of traffic lights or pedestrians etc that slow a rider down indicating it’s more suitable for road cyclists.
Segment reviews. Users could be promoted to rate segments out of 10 based on pre defined criteria. This could be quality of the road surface, traffic levels, scenery etc. This would allow Strava to collect more precise data on individual roads and allow users to create routes that included the most suitable segments for their ride.