Runners and cyclists frequently ask us where they can find the most popular or best places for their workouts. Our new heat map feature is a color-coded map overlay created from Garmin Connect activities. It shows you the most popular running and cycling workout hot spots in a city. Besides being cool to look at, heat maps can help you find a new spot to work out, create a new course, see where you will be near other runners, or suggest a good place to meet up with friends. The heat map feature is available by selecting the layers icon in the top left corner of a map. Heat maps are currently available for the most-active U.S. cities, but we will be rolling out new cities throughout the year-- so keeping putting in the miles and help make your city an active one!
Garmin Connect users have different mapping preferences, so we like to give you choices. Now, in addition to Google and Bing, you can choose OpenStreetMap to view an activity or create a course. OpenStreetMap is an open source map where the public provides all the data. When you create new courses using OpenStreetMap the data will be anonymously available to the public. Since privacy is important to us, your personal information is not shared.
Keep your eyes open for some more exciting updates to the Group pages, right around the corner!!