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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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  • I have the very same concern.  Interestingly, there is a large discrepancy between what Garmin records and how Strava interprets and reports the data.  Perhaps even more dramatic than Stanislav C.  This morning, Garmin recorded my 4-mile run as 4.09 miles, 34.44, and a pace of 8.29.  Strava reported that event as 4.0 miles, 30.34, with a pace of 7.29.

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  • Crazy.  Still no sign of this, the ability to view Laps, or an option to return to the Dark Mode color theme for which they already have the coding, yet the app bounced from version 6.0.1 to 7.0.0 (bug fixes) to 8.0.0 (Club Events & Apple Watch updates).  Two major version numbers for so little gain is puzzling.   I'll stick with version 4.22.0.  I'm glad I'm not paying anymore.

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  • I agree with these comments. My tomtom sports watch shows I ran 6.21km at 5.58/km and uploads this accurately to the tomtom website yet when i sync this with strava it uploads to strava as 6.0km which brings my pace to 6.03/km. This is 0.21k difference! I have also completed runs where my watch shows 5km but this is rounded down to 4.9k on strava. This is really irritating.

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  • I found a neat app that may work as a Strava replacement, since Strava is too lazy to get off their duff and fix this problems.  It's called Locus Map on Android.

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  • This is really annoying. Strava please stop viewing this as a GPS accuracy issue and start seeing as what it really is - a rounding issue. It's simple maths - 5.29 miles is 5.3 miles not 5.2 miles. It's really, really simple. I'm just waiting for someone like Smashrun to bring in the social media side of things. I'm a Strava premium subscriber because I like the extra features, but my main reason for using Strava is the social media part. I'm starting to find other apps and sites to can give me the extra features like Strava - so maybe I'll start paying them instead, and just start using Strava like facebook instead of being my main training log.

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  • I too just dropped Premium.  It is obvious Strava doesn't have any intention of fixing this issue.  If you aren't willing to apply your resources to fixing the issues/bugs raised by your users, especially your paying users, you don't deserve my money.  I will be looking for another site.  Any suggestions?

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  • any updates on this?  The official comment was from April.  It is now Oct.  There seem to be enough requests for this feature to warrant someone fixing this.

     

     

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  • Kris, I've given up waiting for this to get fixed. Between this and a couple other things I've also dropped my premium subscription. Other websites just offer more for my money. I'll keep uploading to Strava because I have friends here, but Smashrun gets my money now.

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  • Adding my voice to the conversation for displaying to the hundredths. Seems like a pretty simple programming change.

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  • Sames issue, just tried Strava for the first time and I could not figure out how to show the hundreths of a mile for my 5K. I assumed I was just missing something in the options until I stumbled across this thread. Not having hundreths for short runs is pretty frustrating.

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  • looks like there is a new feature where you can correct the distance to what your gps actually recorded now.  I have just tried on my desktop (can't see it on app).  Look at your activity and there is a ? below distance to click on.

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  • Please add this feature, as I find it frustrating when trying to train to get good 5km times.

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  • thank you Strava to listen to us and display 2decimal.

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  • Thank you Strava! How about changing the training log too? And the total distance for the week (or at least round it properly). And the mobile app, of course. 

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  • Thank you for the update Elle. It's unfortunate that strava cannot match its competition in providing accurate distances that are so important to runners. It has been a long wait for a very disappointing result. Thank you for your efforts.

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  • I agree it would be nice to have delineations in hundredths (0.01) for short, usually slower activities like runs.  Looks like you're getting somewhere :-) 

    However, I am highly skeptical regarding the actual "accuracy" or "precision" people think they will be getting.  Given the various algorithms used by GPS units and the three Strava employs, neither the accuracy (how close to actual), nor the precision (repeatability of multiple distance measurements of the same course) has ever been consistent in my experience.  GPS devices may say they have an accuracy of 10m, but that is a measurement of one non-moving point under ideal conditions.  Trees, buildings, houses, movement, single frequency (military uses two), and electronic interference all contribute to degradation.  Add up the flat, straight-line distances between these points including outliers (forget :-( any vertical), and watch curves/sharp turns turn into estimations, and you can guess how it will affect distance totals.

    For example, one running route has occasionally yielded +/- 0.1 mile readings on the same device on different days, and also on two devices carried on the exact same run numerous times.  Usually they are closer, but doubtfully within 0.01.

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  • My two cents. As a cyclist I personally like seeing the extra precision in the recent website update. It is not a game changer by any means, but I like it anyway. However, as a runner I really like seeing the extra precision. I would appreciate being able to see this precision in the app too.

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  • Please allow manual activities to be entered to the hundredth of a mile.  I manually enter my treadmill miles and miss out when I can’t put in the total distance.   Small amounts add up!

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  • I am confused about why this is even a question. Seems like enough users want the second digit, the Apple Watch is capable of getting that precise, so at least give us the option!

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  • Elle Anderson, I like the fact that we can now view to 1/100th on the website. But I would like to be able to see that on the App as well. 

    Garmin is what I use, and they give me the data to the 1/100th, straight from my phone. I then use that data to input into my Cycling Mileage spreadsheet. It would be a large pain to have to go online to get that data from the Strava website first. On the rare occasions that I use my phone app, I would still like to be able to get 1/100th data from the phone, without having to go online...!

    Oh, and PLEASE now get us the ability to Search, especially in Routes...!

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  • Great comment, Phong! I bet Strava worries about the layout in mobile app UI. An extra digit of distance precision means more space needed for distance in various parts of the App. But that is silly because they already have a problem with the layout so an extra digit isn't going to make it any worse. There are 4 possible fields that are supposed to be shown for any activity in the feed, but Strava always shows only 3 because their UI layout wastes so much screen estate un unnecessary whitespace. So in reality they show only 3 fields and a bunch of empty space, clearly enough for an extra digit. As a software engineer myself, I can't possibly think about any other reason.

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  • 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. 

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  • This must be a running thing, where distances are relatively short (most of the time) and things like interval training measured in 100 or 200m increments is a thing.

    Thing is, I don't see how this stops you doing your intervals, since presumably you're looking at your gps (or listening to it beep or whatever) and if it's claiming .01km accuracy, you'd still know at the time where you were at. I haven't used the Strava phone app in quite some time (I use a Garmin on my bike and upload it afterwards). Are you guys saying the Strava app, when used with your phone's GPS as the active tracking tool, will only show to .1km? First question I'd ask is, you're really carrying your phone on 100m interval sprints?

    As far as the rounding goes, if they're only going to track to .1km or .1mile or whatever, I'm glad they don't round up. If you're so worried about setting your record times and whatnot that the current accuracy is simply unacceptable to you, would you really feel better knowing that you might really have run only 1.95km but had it rounded up to 2?

    Anyhow, I agree that they should simply display whatever level of accuracy the gps data they get says, and let the user worry about how accurate the gps data itself was. It's possible they're unwilling to give that two-decimal accuracy because they take some noisy gps data and recalculate based on known map data what the distance "really" was, and that doing this involves some margin of error.

    Anyhow, since I don't run much I'll butt out of this for now, since as a cyclist I couldn't really care less of it says I rode 43.3 miles when I know it was really closer to 43.34. GPS error is an absolute quantity and doesn't scale with distance, so if you do a lot of short activities the error is going to be proportionally higher than if you do longer activities. Maybe with really short segments or activities we just have to accept that error margins are going to be a lot larger than maybe we'd really like.

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  • Any updates on if/when this can be changed.  I was considering going premium but that won't happen unless this is improved.  May need to go somewhere else if not changed soon.

     

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  • Correcting the distance to what GPS says still shows the distance to tenths only. Does not address the issue at all.

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  • Elle writes:
    "The mobile app will continue to display the distance to the tenth."

    Too little, too late. Glad I transitioned off of Strava rather than wait for a fix. I NEVER use the website - that sort of defeats the purpose of having a mobile display since I want to know the data while I am using the application. Displaying on the website isn’t a fix. 

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  • I've looked at a few of my runs (as that matters more, obviously) and it appears like everything is the same comparing website to app, except that the website shows the .10 to the apps .1. So i'm confused; what is different here? Have you changed the value to accept the correct distance as measured by GPS units, or are you fudging an extra number onto the website distance value? Or is the app simply displaying the correct measurements but you're excluding the 100ths value from distance for some reason?

    There should be differences in my smallest runs, as they've underestimated my distance by as much as 3% as compared to Garmin files before now, but the pace figures are still the same here, like nothing has changed.... Is this not retrospective? Am I missing something obvious?

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  • Why not have an preference option? As a cyclist I have no reason to see a 100th decimal. Let us change it back.

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  • Why isn't this a feature on mobile? I don't take my computer with me on runs so why can it only be accessed on a computer? You guys have really bad support when it comes to releasing new features. The experience on the phone and the desktop site is so inconstant. It might not seem like a big issue, but these are bad engineering practices. As soon as I find a better tracking app, I will highly consider switching. 

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  • Strava - you are not addressing the issue raised by your users. Changing the apps to show 2 decimal places is what people want. Changing it back n the website is almost useless. Please listen to your users and change the apps to show 2 decimals.

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