Velo Flow allows you to view and interact with animated Strava rides. Getting started with Velo Flow can be a little confusing but the video below walks you through how to do it step by step. The second video shows you some of the hidden features in Velo Flow explaining how to highlight multiple riders and more.
So to recap:
- Find your ride.
- Find the best segment (one that everyone you want would have ridden).
- Click the Velo Flow triangle for that segment.
- Load the rides.
- Have a play!
- Default number of riders – add “&nr=50” to url (number must be in the list).
- Default time gap – add “&tg=1” to url (number must be in the list).
- Add multiple context riders – find those riders ride ID’s from Strava and add them to the activityId value in the url with commas between each one (6 maximum). (video at 5m 41s)
- Rider tails (as requested over on NYVeloCity) – add “&a=60” to the url. Any number can be used and the tails will be the length, in seconds, of this number multiplied by the time gap. (video at 3m 47s)
Watch the result
(yes I’ve noticed the typo/spelling error, too much hassle to fix!)
These new features just keep on coming!
I’ve now, just about, got VeloFlow to do what was my initial, main mission for the page: show all the rides in a particular region for a particular day. This is achieved by adding as many segment id’s (comma delimited) as required to the url and VeloFlow will aggregate all the rides together and display a combined animation of all those rides. You will need to use Strava’s segment explorer to find all your required segment ids, remembering that segments are only in a single direction so you’ll need a segment in each direction to get all riders riding along a particular road. e.g.
Here is a video for all the rides on 25th May, 2012 using segments covering off as many of the ways in and out of Hope Valley in Derbyshire:
When looking at the VeloFlow map if you click the map options button (the little + in the top right of the map) then you’ve got the option of turning on the segments overlay. This then shows each of the segments you have picked and the direction (gradient from green to blue in the direction of travel).
Now you can see the possibility for tourist offices or town planners to get an idea how the cycle traffic passes through their areas and using what routes.
Now you can also add something things like:
- &days=7 to display a cumulative view of all rides for a whole week.
- &athleteId=306128,123456 instead of the activityId’s to highlight all rides for those riders over the time period (which also works for a single day).
- &title=DarkPeak MTB for a more readable title when sharing links.
An example of this is would be this VeloFlow showing all mountain bike rides for the month of July, 2012 in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park here in the UK.
As always, I’m keen to see any funkiness you can create with Velo Flow so paste a link in the comments of anything cool you come up with.