Strava Adds New Safety Feature

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Strava, the popular smartphone app for athletes, released a new safety feature to allow users to share their riding location in real time with family and friends.

The GPS tracking app is a well-liked tool for runners and cyclists to not only track their own trips, but compare them to friends’ routes as well. Users can also obtain statistics such as distance, speed, pace, calories burned and elevation through the app.

Now, the app created in 2014, allows riders to select up to three safety contacts, according to Bike Radar. Those contacts will then receive a text message with a URL that gives them access to an online map with the cyclist’s exact location, and they can watch them to ensure safety.

Although riders must be premium members to access the new “beacon” feature (which costs $6 a month or $60 a year), friends and families of the athletes do not even need the app; they’ll just need a web browser. The chosen safety contacts will not be able to see full ride data of the biker.

The app does come with a few disclaimers: if an area has poor GPS or data accessibility, the displayed location may be delayed or inaccurate. the feature does not work in airplane mode, and requires location services to be turned on.

Strava conducted a study asking athletes what features they want the most, and safety ranked highest.

Beacon is now available for Strava Premium members on both the iOS and Android.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.

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