Since it first launched, Strava has certainly made its impact on the mountain biking scene. Segments, KOMs, QOMs, personal records, cups – they’re all terms that are now part of the after-ride dialogue. No longer are we forced to talk about things like football and politics at the end of our ride at the pub. Now we can talk about who’s got the fastest time where, who’s racked up the most km’s in the month, and who stole the other’s KOM.
But Strava isn’t just a pissing contest amongst mates. It can also be a really useful device for tracking your rides and the remote locations you might find yourself in on a ride. And now with Beacon, Strava can also be a useful tool for allowing your loved ones to track your position live. Ever worried about your safety on a solo ride in the mountains? Then this may interest you…
Strava Improves Athlete Safety with Beacon, a New Feature for Strava Premium
Strava, the social network for athletes, introduces Beacon, a new safety feature available now for Strava Premium members. Beacon allows athletes to share their real-time location information with selected safety contacts, offering peace of mind for them as well as their friends and family.
“Every athlete wants to be safe, and we felt we could help,” says Aaron Forth, Chief Product Officer. “We’re so proud to introduce Beacon, not only because our community and their loved ones have been asking for it, but also because Beacon adds a new dimension to Strava Premium. Whether you are training regularly, commuting back and forth, or heading out for the occasional workout, we’re confident that all types of athletes will find Beacon valuable.”
Beacon is an easy-to-use in-app experience. Strava Premium members can access and set up this feature via the new Beacon icon on the record screen. After enabling Beacon, athletes can select up to three safety contacts, who will receive a text message with a unique URL when the activity begins. Safety contacts can click the URL to track the athlete on a map in real time, as well as view the athlete’s remaining battery power. Contacts do not need a Strava account to view real-time information. Beacon also saves previous contact settings to save time, allowing athletes to use Beacon during future activities with one tap.
Beacon is available now for Strava Premium members with Strava v4.22.00 or later. Download Strava for iOS or Android and upgrade to Strava Premium. To learn more visit http://www.strava.com.
Strava Premium is available to all Strava athletes for £3.99/month or £39.99/year.