Planning routes on Android just got easier — thanks to a more intuitive toolbar

We’ve added a handy toolbar to the planning screen in the komoot Android app to make your route planning experience on smaller screens easier and more intuitive than ever before. This brand-new toolbar, which is visible along the right-hand side of the planner, lets you seamlessly access and control all planning functions, be it setting a roundtrip, changing the map layer, or scrapping your route entirely. For additional control, we’ve also added undo/redo buttons, so you can revert your Tour to an earlier state if you ever change your mind. So you can better see the map while you plan, we’ve also added the option to temporarily hide your route, giving you easier access to terrain details, street names and singletrack/hiking trail ratings. 

Not on Android? Other platforms will follow soon.

We’ve improved the route matching for GPX tracks

When you import a GPX file into komoot, we match the data to our route network and work to deliver the best navigation experience possible. After a series of crucial fixes based on feedback from the community, we’ve vastly improved this part of our product. Now, you’ll encounter fewer errors when importing a GPX file, and your uploaded route will more closely match the original GPX source. 

Introducing like and comment functionality on Collections

To make Collections even more useful to the community, we’ve introduced like and comment functionality in the komoot apps and at komoot.com. See a Collection you particularly like? Hit the like button to let the author know you’re a fan! Have some questions only the author can answer? Drop a comment and start the conversation. So nothing gets lost, we’ve also added new notifications and emails when a Collection receives some interaction, which you can customize in your settings now. 

We’ve improved our routing to avoid segments that are too steep and rough for most gravel, road and touring bikes

We’ve updated our road, gravel and touring cycling routing to avoid overly steep climbs that are unsuitable for most bikes. Now, when going uphill on all but a mountain bike, komoot will no longer shortcut your climb over less suitable surfaces. In the past, for example, komoot may have opted for a steep hiking trail to shortcut a series of hairpin bends. Now, thanks to this update, you’ll stick to the most suitable version of the climb possible — so you can better enjoy the suffer-fest. Fan of climbs? Don’t worry, this does not mean that you’ll get fewer climbs on your route! You’ll still be routed up as many hills as before — we’ll just make sure your climbs are rideable on your bike type before we add them to your route.

We’ve improved our routing so you encounter fewer barriers while you ride (UK only)

We’ve improved our routing to allow users in the UK to plan even better bike rides. Whether road, gravel, mountain biking or touring, the latest update decreases the number of barriers along your route. Now, as long as there’s a reasonable alternative that doesn’t significantly increase the length of your ride, komoot will automatically route you around barriers such as stiles, kissing gates or turnstiles.

You’ll now get routed along fewer hard-to-ride bridleways when planning rides

In many countries, bridleways can be tricky to ride. Deep sand, frequent horse traffic and unclear regulations mean they’re best avoided, whether you ride a mountain, gravel, road or touring bike. That’s why we’ve updated our routing algorithm to route you around bridleways without substantially increasing the length of your ride. 

*These changes don’t apply to the UK. We respect the specific designations per country and take into account the ride-ability of specific types of roads, streets and paths. In the UK, bridleway designations are usually suitable for mountain biking or gravel rides, so we’ll continue to route you along them as long as they remain ride-able. 

Get routed along quieter, safer roads thanks to the latest routing improvement (UK and Italy)

In both the UK and Italy, any bike rides you plan will now favor quieter, safer roads. Previously, your route may have taken you along A-roads or dual carriageways. These segments may have been unsettling for many riders due to the speed and volume of traffic. To fix this, we’ve improved our routing in the UK and Italy to favor B-roads and quieter streets with slower moving traffic.