Strava’s year-end report was released yesterday, and run-commuting globally has seen a whopping 70 per cent increase in popularity over last year. Run-commuters made an astonishing 21,781,323 trips in 2018, vs. 12,813,125 trips last year. In the US alone, run-commuting was up 56.8 per cent, with a median distance of 6.4K (the global median is 6.6K), for a total of 3.6 million trips vs. 2.3 million trips last year.
By contrast, the increase in cycle commuting was 42.8 per cent (30.8 per cent in the US), though more people cycle to work than run (5.5 million cycle-commuters globally compared to 3.5 million run-commuters).
Strava also claims this global run-commuting activity represents a global carbon offset of 104.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide.
Unfortunately, Canada is not among the top seven countries for run-commuting. The UK and Ireland take top billing, averaging 3.29 weekly trips per commuter. Germany is next, with 2.88 weekly trips.
In the US, Washington, D.C. had the highest average weekly trips per run-commuter, at 3.78, followed by Nevada, at 3.16. North Dakota had the highest increase year-over-year in the number of run-commuters (78.5 per cent), closely followed by Mississippi (78.3 per cent). Utah had the longest average run-commute, at 4.7 miles (7.5K). Hawaii, Nevada and New York state were tied with an average 4.3 miles (6.9K) per commute.