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RideEveryTile frequently asked questions

Here are some answers to questions about tiling and RideEveryTile. If the answer to your question isn't here, please email us and we will try to help you out.
Leaderboard questions
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upHow can I get on the leaderboards?
    To appear on the RideEveryTile per-country and global "race" leaderboards, you need to be a member of the RideEveryTile Strava club and also be a premium member of VeloViewer. You also need to big in the top 10 for your country for either max square, max cluster or total tiles.
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upWhy I am listed under the wrong country? Can I change it?
    RideEveryTile uses your Strava profile and off-the-shelf geolocator services to assign you to a country. Sometimes this automated process goes wrong and a manual fix is needed. If you would to change your country assignment, please email us with your name, Strava ID and home country and we will update it. Please note your max cluster and square should be mostly be in your home country.
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upWhat is the 'rarity-weighted all tiles' score on the national leaderboard page?
    The "rarity-weighted all tiles score" is only available if you have public activity data, not just leaderboard data. This score is calcuated by giving you 5 points for every tile you've visited that no-one else has visited, 3 points for every tile that fewer than 5 other people have visited and one point for every other tile.
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upWhat is the 'average tile difficulty' on the national leaderboard page?
    The "average tile difficulty" is the average number of 'points' per tile, scaled so that your score is between 0 and 100. I.e. if *all* the tiles you've visited have been visited by no-one else, you'd get a score of 100. If every tile you've visited has been visited by at least 5 other people you get a score of 0. This score rewards people who've been to unusual tiles, as opposed to just lots of tiles. Scores from different countries are not really comparable as there are, say, lots of tilers in the Netherlands but far fewer in Australia.
Heatmap questions
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upWhere does the heatmap data come from?
    The data comes from VeloViewer. Specifically data is included in the heatmap if
    • A rider's data is set to "public" in VeloViewer
    • A rider is on the max square or max cluster VeloViewer leaderboard for one of selected Strava clubs, including the RideEveryTile club.
    • The data was present on VeloViewer when the heatmap was last updated (approximately monthly)
    This means that there *are* tiles that have been visited that are not shown as visited on the heatmap. Maybe you've visited some of them yourself? If so, please consider making your VeloViewer data public.
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upHow can I get my data included on the heatmap?
    Thank you very much for wanting to improve the heatmap! RideEveryTile gets its data from VeloViewer. Your data can only be included if is set to "public". To do this:
    • Join the RideEveryTile Strava club
    • Log into VeloViewer
    • Go to the update page and click the "Show Options" button.
    • Make sure the "Share my data with anyone" and "Show my details in the VeloViewer leaderboard" are ticked
    • Your data will be included automatically the next time there is an update (approximately monthly)
    The VeloViewer options page has a 'Share my data with anyone' option that should be ticked The VeloViewer options page has a 'Show my details in the VeloViewer leaderboard' option that should be ticked
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upWhat does the heatmap show?
    The amount of detail shown depends on the zoom level. At zoom level 12 or higher individual tiles are show. The fill colour of the tile and the outline colour of the tile will always match and shows how easy the tile is to visit. A dark green tile means at least five people have made a ride public that goes to the file. Light green means two to five people have visited. Yellow means just one person. An uncoloured tile means no-one has visited at all. The most "difficult" tiles of all are red - such tiles have been marked as "practically impossible" - meaning that the community collectively thinks there is no realistic way to get into the tile. "Red" tiles are typically enclosed in high security sites like military bases, airports or open cast mines.

    If you zoom out, detail about each individual tile is lost and we show information in tile groups. For example at zoom level 10, information is grouped into 3x3 tiles. The fill colour of the tile shows information about the "hardest" tile in the group. So if tile is filled yellow, then at least one tile in the group has been visited by only person but there are no unvisited or impossible tiles. The outline colour of the tile shows information about the "easiest" tile. So a tile group with a dark green outline contains a tile that has been visited by lots of people. To find out information about that tile group, you need to zoom into that area.

  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upHow can I contribute information about a tile?
    Click on a tile. A textbox will appear on the left-hand side. You can type what you like in there and it will be added to the notes about the tile. Tiles with information are shown with a small red triangle in their corner.

    Currently we are manually checking tiles before marking them as "impossible". Apparently marking things as impossible is a good way to ensure that someone goes there soon...

  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upWhen is the heatmap data from?
    We last took data from VeloViewer on 21st January 2022.
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upHow often do you update the data?
    We try to update the data about once a month. We are looking for ways to update this more often.
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upHow many tiles are shown at each group size?
    Zoom levelTile group size
    131x1
    121x1
    112x2
    103x3
    94x4
    85x5
    710x10
    616x16
    524x24
    450x50
    3100x100
    2200x200
    1400x400
    0800x800
Other questions
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upHow many big is a tile?
    The answer depends on your latitude, but they are a about a mile square. Please see our tile size page for all the details.
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upHow many tiles are there in total?
    The world is split into 2^14*2^14 = 2^28 = 268,435,456 tiles. So far, the heatmap has records of 1,706,905 tiles being visited.
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upIs Squadrats the same thing as a Veloviewer tile?
    Squadrats is a site that has copied the tiling concept from VeloViewer. It works in the same way - you link your Strava account to the website and it imports all your rides and figures out what tiles you have been to. The only major difference is that they use different words to describe concepts originally found in VeloViewer. The idea of zoom level 17 tiles (as opposed to the usual 14) is unique to Squadrats. A full list of terms is shown below.
    Squadrat termVeloViewer meaning
    SquadratA standard VeloViewer tile (or square)
    YardYour max cluster. Squadrats and Veloviewer use the same definition - a tile is part of a cluster if you have been to the four tiles around its sides (diagonals not needed). Your max cluster is your biggest cluster
    ÜbersquadratYour max square - i.e. the largest square consisting of visited tiles.
    SquadratinhoA much smaller tile. These are based on zoom level 17 of Open Street Map rather than the usual 14 and so each side has been split three more times. 2*2*2=8 and 8x8=64 so there are 64 "Squadratinhos" in each tile. They are approximately 0.1 miles wide.
    YardinhoYour largest cluster of squadratinhos. A cluster is defined in the same ways as tiles, but with the smaller tiles as the base building block.
    ÜbersquadratinhoYour "max square" of squadratinhos. This means getting into all the small tiles in an area and so private land becomes a major problem in rural areas. Perhaps one for cities?
  • arrow_drop_downarrow_drop_upIs StatsHunters the same thing as a Veloviewer?
    Statshunters is a another site that has taken the tiling concept from VeloViewer. Again it works in the same - import your rides from Strava and it will figure out what tiles you have been to, and what your max cluster and max square are, amongst other statistics. The tiles on Statshunters are the same tiles as on VeloViewer - they are the zoom level 14 tiles from Google Maps/OpenStreetMap.