STRAVA Introduces Live Tracking With Beacon

by Wil Barrett 9

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…

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Press Release

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.

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“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.”

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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.

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You decide whether you want Beacon on for a ride, and you can also decide which contacts can track you on your ride. They don’t have to be Strava users to follow you, you just have to approve them in your contact list.

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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

Strava Premium is available to all Strava athletes for £3.99/month or £39.99/year.

Comments (9)

  1. I’m frankly amazed that it’s taken them this long to add it TBH.

  2. All very good as long as you have a data connection, which somewhat rules out the areas you’d need it most…

  3. I just looked at going premium for this, my options are £5.99 a month or £44.99 a year.

  4. So, it’s like the Buddy Beacon featurethat’s been in Viewranger for a while?

  5. I use a free app called Glympse for precisely this. I just run it alongside Strava.

  6. What EFFEMM said. I am with Vodafone so they would never find me!

  7. I literally have no idea why this would be in Premium.
    It’s free with your Garmin 510 and upward. 🙂

  8. Surely it’s just the same as live track which is FREE via Garmin connect?

  9. Bucko said on August 4, 2016
    I just looked at going premium for this, my options are £5.99 a month or £44.99 a year.

    If you do it via the webpage rather than the app it is then the prices shown above.
    There are lots of apps that do this stuff for free, but if you’re already a premium member and use the app then it’s a worth while addition.

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