Safety and incident logging on Strava?

Your product has a great following and has become the defacto standard for activity tracking/planning.  However, the one thing I feel is missing is an ability to share with others a map driven database where specific safety issues can be logged.  For example, areas known to have dog problems, dangerous blind spots, and points where cyclists and/or runners encounter or observe dangerous or  hostile environments .   The reporting should not support reports of petty things such as "buzzing",  "fogging/smoking", or otherwise obnoxious behavior.  It should be limited to static locations in which "real" dangers exist and can be geographically mapped.  Such a feature will provide a much needed "heads-up" but more importantly, will provide a community supported history of problematic points.  For example, animal control rarely acts on a single report of aggressive dog attacks.  However, with a credible location-specific history of this problem in which there have been multiple reports, they are obligated to act.   Areas with serious blind spots, steep descents with dangerous curves/conditions  should also be identified as not everyone may not be aware of these when planning a route.  The ability for those reporting these hazards to include links to photos/videos should also be supported.    Obviously this sort of thing can become quite cluttered over time, so having it as an optional layer or a separate feature for those wanting to refer to it would be a better way to roll it out.  I have proposed this to competing sites too.  Thanks!  

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  • Official comment

    Thanks for the feature idea and please continue the discussion. This feature is not currently planned, but we're exploring other safety-related features at this time! 

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  • This would be an excellent feature!

     

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  • Crowd source!

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  • Being able to add a data point like where the dog chases me today, would be great for future use to avoid the area.

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  • Excellent idea. An additional suggestion would be to allow one's Garmin to beep an alert when approaching a known hazard location - possibly an extension of the live segment facility that Strava and Garmin have just cooperated on. Occasionally I come across dangerous (unmarked) road works on routes I regularly ride - I'd love a way of notifying other riders of these, to hopefully help them avoid a nasty accident.

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  • I second this one.  Somehow Strava should have a formalised standard way where you can tag a ride and spot with a crash.

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  • I'd be keen on this; specifically focused on car incidents. A number of cities purchase data via Strava metro to know where riders go; surely having a particular street get flagged with a cluster of incidents at a similar time of day would be a useful signal.

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  • A problem we have is areas where cyclist were hijacked, robbed and even killed. Not everybody is aware of these areas, especially if you are new to that area or visiting.

    A feature like this could be used to tag these areas. It could save lives!!! Please consider.

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  • Awesome idea and we lost an MTB this weekend very close to were I was hijacked and stabbed 23 times 4 years ago!

     

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  • Excellent idea. 

     

    What I'd like is to be able to put a marker on a map where a car has caused a problem (dangerous driving) so that I can tell the authorities where an incident has happened assuming I have the number plate of course.  This would be for my use only, not to alert everyone on strava.  

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  • Yes! This is a fantastic idea!

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  • This is a great idea an Strava needs to take it to heart

    For example, in my area there is a huge hill which for obvious reasons is a highly-trafficked route for cyclists because of it's challenging climb and wicked S-bend descent (it is easy to achieve a 60km/h speed).  It is clearly a noted and frequented segment that influences route-design on Strava if you choose "Follow most popular".  

    Unfortunately, recently that road has had a large amount of fine, but sharp, gravel dumped at the base of the hill and is a substantial road hazard for anyone cycling through it at a substantial speed.  From the top of the hill, or indeed anywhere down it, this hazard is not visible since its colour blends in with the road. It would be easy for a cycling to hit this and loose control.  I've posted this to our local cycling group, but there are many from outside the area, or indeed who are not part of that particular cycling group, who would never see that warning.

    If Strava were to implement the above feature (say, by having a road-warning symbol at these areas in their map, with a pop-up message from the submitter explaining the situation), it could actually save an athlete's life.  Take Waze as a good template: a user could post a hazard by a drop-down menu ("road hazard", "animal control", "aggressive residence", etc) with a text box to give details.  Other Strava users can then click a "I can confirm this" box as well as a "no longer there" box; after several of the latter clicks, the original warning gets archived.

    I think Strava should consider this more of a critical "safety feature" than a "cool to have" feature.

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