Make Beacon Free
I am creating this post because while I really like Strava, there is one aspect that bothers me. That aspect is that Beacon (live track) is hidden behind a paywall. I'm all for Summit for people that want those advanced metrics for their running but Beacon is a feature that could save lives and improve safety for all runners.
As a male I have the freedom to run remote trails or run at night with little to no fear. That does not mean that I am completely safe but my safety is greater than that of female runners. I have never had my safety compromised or felt unsafe while running. Nor do I know any other male runners that have felt unsafe running. On the other hand, I know many female runners who have been harassed, followed, chased, and/or groped while out running. This is not always a random non-running person doing this but has also been males who appeared to be out for a run as well.
Right now it appears that Garmin has free live tracking (great but not everyone wants to rock a Garmin) as does Run Guru, Endomondo and ShareMyRun (iPhone only). There may be some other apps as well but I have not found any as well known as Strava. Unfortunately, many other running apps also hide live tracking behind a paywall as well but again they are not as well known as Strava.
We all run for different reasons but for each of us there is a level of enjoyment in running. When a runner is made to feel unsafe it takes the enjoyment out of running.
I would like to gather support to petition Strava to may the Beacon feature free for its running community. Strava is about community and I would like to see them make the Beacon feature free to increase safety for the community.