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Display distances to two decimal places

Strava - please display distance measurements to 0.01 of a km/mile, instead of the current limitation of one tenth.

The existing granularity of just one tenth of a mile makes it very difficult to meaningfully compare activities, especially for runners where it takes some time to cover that distance.  I'm sure cyclists would also appreciate the change.

This limitation has been identified in a number of threads as the reason people use other apps so should be of concern to Strava.

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  • Displaying two decimal places is a must have. I'm trying Strava out again after many years and so far there a few features that are lacking. I shouldn't have to go to the website to add shoes and I should definitley be able to see my distance accurately. I like a lot of the features but there seem to be a lot of hoops to set this up. Runkeeper is my current app and all of these features are on the app.

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  • I’ve ditched Strava too and gone back to MapMyRun. Loving those 2 decimal places!

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  • Strava, as a newer user and after a couple months of finding this behavior of not showing to the .01 while I run, I took the time to google this. Wow...this post dated pack 4 years.

    It is completely mindnumbing that you ignore passionate enthusiasts and athletes who are using your product for nearly half a decade...and the thing is Strava ALREADY REPORTS TO THE HUNDRETH, just not on the display as we run. I’ve started using Strava concurrently with MMR and recently started using Runtastic...and realize how awesome and less aggravating they are. For all the good Strava does, if this display issue doesn’t change soon, I’m ditching it forever, let alone even considering premium.

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  • I use the Strava app on my iPhone when I walk every day. It would be very useful to have the distance shown in two decimal places (hundredths). Today when I walked it said 2.9 miles when I got back to my car. I really wanted to do 3 miles but without that extra digit I didn’t know how close I was. Later when I checked on the website it said 2.97 — if I knew that then I would have walked a little further to reach my 3 mile goal. Thank you. Hope we see two decimal points on the app soon!!

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  • Bumping to agree.  I can just bring up garmin and strava, but it's kinda annoying.

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  • Umm Bruce, I am a premium user. We don't get two decimal places either. 

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  • Please fix the display.   If you have the data and use it to calculate the total distance please display it. I just went premium thinking that was the issue.  I always run w/ my Garmin watch.  The Garmin site clearly and easily reflects the total distances down to hundredths.

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  • Even if Strava prefers to stick with the 1/10th mile accuracy, this does not explain why the distance is truncated.  9.98 should be rounded to 10, not truncated to 9.9.  This is inaccurate and unacceptable mathematically.  I love the site been using for years but this is perhaps my biggest frustration that makes me consider other apps/sites as alternatives.

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  • You say "We do not calculate distance stats to the hundredth place because GPS data is not accurate to hundredths."

    Your response shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept of accuracy. You cannot measure the accuracy of GPS as some number of decimal places for all distances. Accuracy is a percent of distance traveled. Instead of thinking in terms of tenths or hundredths, you need to think in terms of significant digits. A good GPS watch will be within 1-2 percent for routes with a minimum number of turns.

    See http://fellrnr.com/wiki/GPS_Accuracy for a much better (and more recent) analysis of GPS accuracy.

    For example, if you run a marathon with a good GPS watch, on a fairly straight course, without obstructions like skyscrapers, the distance measured by the watch will likely be within within 3/10 of a mile, so tenths are appropriate. But if you run a 5km race (3.1 miles), that same 1% accuracy means your watch will be within 3/100 of a mile so you need to go to hundredths. You cannot just arbitrarily pick some number of decimal places. Tenths is fine for 10 miles or more. But for distances of less than 10 miles, particularly for lap distances which are usually 1 mile or less, you need to go to hundredths, and GPS is accurate enough for that.

    For distances of 10 miles or more, show tenths. For distances less than that, show hundredths. At the very least, for lap distances of less than 1 mile, you need to show two decimal places. And do your rounding correctly. There is just no excuse for simply truncating the distances. That's just embarrassing.

    As a math teacher of some 26 years, I am appalled by the lack of understanding of basic math concepts shown by the Strava response to this issue.

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  • What a shame. First time user of this app after hearing so many good things. Completed run today and it said 2.3 miles. 2.3 what?

    Tried to get it to two decimal places and thought I was doing something wrong and then stumbled across this forum.

    Sorry this is no use to me when the basics are missing. Glad I discovered it on a small run. Hopefully you'll change this one day, in the meantime I'll use something else.

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  • We need this!!!

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  • This is a must! This is the only thing holding me back from being a premium member and using this app full time

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  • Please fix this up!  Same as another poster above.  I run 5 km park runs yet they all show up as 4.9 so my time is always wrong and nothing shows up in my PBs because it is rounded down.  All my races come up short so I don't get 21 km badges etc.  If I run myself I always run an addition .1 km to make sure I hit the target.  It's really frustrating!!!

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  • Crazy to me that this has been on Strava's radar for almost two years. And Strava's response: *** Crickets ***

    Oh, excuse me, official response is: "Our team is aware of this request and we appreciate the insights shared here. I'll share further updates as soon as they are available."

    Just lame to me that a three-mile run has the potential to be recorded with an inaccuracy of 3.3%, a two-mile run with a 5% inaccuracy... Might as well use Google Maps to manually calculate distance and then a stopwatch to time it.

    No other GPS device or running app (that I know of) does the distance calculation similarly. 

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  • Why this is not the number one thing being worked on is a mystery.  I don't care how many "features" they add, if the distance is not accurate, you got nothing.  

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  • Got to agree - I’ve ditched Premium- don’t really think Strava are interested in what any customers say. Just been looking at another issue with non compatibility with Apple Activity and guess what - another long running complaint with no action.

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  • I'm also a premium user and this is the thing that has me on the verge of cancelling.  I agree with Seth--if you're going longer distances then then 1/10th of a mile is fine, but for anyone running something less than 10 miles or so, having that extra degree of precision is important.  

    I use the Strava app on my apple watch for this and it's really frustrating that I can't see anymore precision while running.  And like others have said--it seems to be a client issue purely.  When I've exported the runs to Garmin, they show up with the correct distance to the hundredths place.

     

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  • Sorry. But having the two decimal only on the website does t do anything. For me. I don’t have the website up while running. I want two decimal points during my run

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  • Thanks for changing the web site to display distances to two decimal places. Much appreciated. I also would like to see the mobile app do the same.

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  • Kudos to Strava for finally fixing this issue although it really needs to be carried over to the mobile app to be a compete fix since I suspect most of us use that more than the website.

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  • Hi Elle and Strava.  I believe most people don't really care about the website.  What we care about is our laps around the track -- a quarter mile.  We care to know if 3.9 miles means 3.91 or 3.99 when we are finishing our run and deciding if we should go to 4 or not.   We want the hundredth decimal place on the app and watch WHILE we are running.

    Thanks!

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  • I disagree with the concerns about accuracy. No, GPS will not be accurate to hundredths. You will get variance in the distances recorded. But I've looked at this before, and just took another look, and GPS does a lot better than tenths.

    I have a route I use regularly that is roughly 5 miles, much of it under dense foliage. Not a best case scenario. Here are the distances over the past few months: 5.02, 5.05, 5.06, 5.04, 5.03, 5.03, 5.02, 5.01 ... Now there was probably some variation in the actual route I was running too, after all a hundredth of a mile is only about 50 feet, but those are pretty consistent distances.

    I have also done comparisons with distances measured by my GPS watch and Google Maps and US Geological Survey maps. Similar accuracy to the actual distance. Within a few hundredths of a mile for runs of 2-6 miles. There is other data out there (one I quoted much earlier in this thread from a marathon showed accuracy much better than tenths).

    There are certainly worst case scenarios where GPS will do badly. And there are watches that are not very good. But showing hundredths is reasonable. And very necessary for things like interval workouts where the laps will often be a few hundred meters.

    So I very much appreciate having hundredths on the website, and hope it will happen on the mobile app soon.

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  • Hi there, thanks for the update to the website, however as I only use the mobile version, I am wondering when the change will be carried over to the mobile version as well. I, like many other users, see this as a key feature on a GPS tracking app, particularly as I believe most of us want that information in real time, i.e. as we are on the run, not when we finish up and go back to our computers. Is there any news on when the mobile version will have the update too?

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  • Left this app a few years back because of the missing digit. Now you’ve added it into the website but not the app?? Lame 👎🏾

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  • What’s going on with this? Looks like people have been complaining for years? I’m trying very had to switch from Nike because of some horrible business practices of theirs. That said Strava isn’t making it easy. No hundreths of a mile?? That’s such an easy fix! There’s no interval training mode, there’s so little “social” aspect to running. No challenges, no groups etc. Literally all the developers need to do is look at other apps for ideas and build them. Not even asking for new ideas - just the same as what’s currently expected.

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  • > Has anyone noticed despite over 100 posts complaining there is very little action and even fewer responses.

    Definitely noted. Strava has demonstrated that they care nothing about their client base. Thankfully, I never bought the upgrade. And now I know enough never to give Strava money for anything. 

    I don't get it why Strava doesn't understand that if you ignore your customer, your business will be in trouble, but apparently, Strava feels that they can do without customers

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  • As the app is the biggest portal for your consumers I would suggest making the update to app so that it reflects the distance of people’s efforts

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  • While GPS may not measure run distance reliably to 0.01 km, it does do better than 0.1 km, so showing only to 0.1 km introduces error, and rounding down to 0.1 km definitely introduces a systematic error. By all means show the second decimal place in a lighter shade of grey, but showing all my 5km runs on carefully measured courses mostly as 4.9 km is annoying, and I won't pay for product that does this. Please fix this.

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  • It's kind of nuts that a year later there's no parity between the app and website. I'm even having runs that show 4.10 on my Garmin and in Connect showing as 4.0 in Strava app. Know your demographic. You have people who will run circles around a parking lot at an end of a run to get to an even mile and then you truncate it? Ridiculous. 

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  • Will, why are you wondering if Strava care, thought the answer was obvious- they couldn’t care less. I’m going to ditch my Premium account and use the basic.

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