What does the "commute" button actually do?

What does the "commute" button actually do?  I bike commute a lot and I try to always click this button assuming that I could filter my activity logs for commutes.  Well I've actually tried that and don't see that it is an option.  So what does clicking that button do?

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  • Regarding leveraging the commute tag, it is now being used by the National Bike Challenge (http://nationalbikechallenge.org) for data synchronised from Strava to differentiate between transport and recreational rides. So even if Strava don't do anything specific with the tag themselves, simply having the tagging system in place (and making it easy to use, or automatic) allows 3rd party developers to do more interesting things with the data.

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  • Hi Elle,

    I have 955 commutes over the past 3 years - but I don't get round to tagging all of them and certainly am not planning to do it manually!

    I'd love a feature to filter rides Mon-Fri 6-8am, 5-7pm and tag them all as commutes, so I can filter by ride type. Cheers

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  • @Tom Quinn Or as someone else suggested, if you start and finish within tagged 'work' and 'home' areas on a map, automatically tag it as a commute

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  • Maybe Strava could partner with some other entity to promote bike-to-work days / week / month? The commute tag could assist in the mileage tally for some sort of incentive, along the lines of what Competitive Cyclist recently did.

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  • How's this for an idea for the commute flag: An option to add extra weight automatically when commute is selected. When I rise to work, I carry an extra 4kg of gear in a pannier over when I ride the same bike recreationally. This noticeably skews the estimated power figures. There is no way I'm going to faff around with the gear features every time I switch between recreational and commute!

    Also, setting certain bikes as default to commute would be good, as many people have a dedicated commuter bike.

    I too think that having home and work zones that automatically tag as commute would be useful.

    The most important addition, however, and also surely the easiest to implement would be to just add a commute tick box on the mobile apps.
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  • Though it doesn't address the question posed to this discussion, the ability to tag as commute from the Strava mobile app is coming soon. I thought the news may be relevant to this topic! Thanks.

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  • Great - thanks! That will make it much easier to make use of this feature!
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  • Awesome. 

    You'll see a great increase in Strava activity once you add this feature.

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  • I think that feature/old flag should be more widely used as a filter.

    Not like just in the other feature request in the feed, For me it is enough to mark them as private... but of course others will still flood you with commute rides and you cant do nothing about it.

    But also in profile statistics for example ... splitting ridden km into commute and non commute and so on.

    Right now that commute flag is rather a option for each user itself. But it could be interesting if you compare yourself to others to see how much of their ridden km are actually commute rides and which are training/races/touring kilometers.

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  • Help us by sending your feedback around these questions: 

    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)?
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava? 
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? 
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? 
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? 
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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)?   10x+ a week
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava?  Other people are less likely to follow you, or will unfollow you, as they don't find your commutes to be particularly interesting rides.  In other words, it "pollutes" your stream in their eyes.
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava?  I already track them as I like them factored into the fitness/freshness feature (they are rides after all).
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? None that isn't already present, but another poster's idea of auto-tagging something as a commute based on a fixed start/end place is a fantastic idea.
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed?  I would like to see my own commutes, but not see rides others have marked as a commute by default.  But i'd be OK with a global "show commutes" checkbox where the default was false.  Another option would be to group commutes into one entry per-day.
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  • Same info as I posted in another thread about commutes.

    Help us by sending your feedback around these questions: 

    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)?  up to 10 times per week
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava?  privacy, but I have privacy zones setup around home and work.
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava?  tools that analyze commuting activities.  awards for milestones.
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? Miles/yr, avg distance, avg time, calories burned, CO2 saved, etc.
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? showing up on my feed is fine, but I would like the ability to filter out commutes of my own or of others.  By default, I think my commutes should be hidden from my followers unless they elect to see them in their own feeds.
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  • - How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)?
    4 on average (2 days).

    - What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava?
    Privacy zones aren't sufficiently configurable (they snap to postcodes and you can't control the radius.) This means that I have the choice of revealing where I work or not participating on segments close to my work which it's fun to compare with colleagues.

    - What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava?
    Better features to automatically recognise commutes and the option to add a preset weight for my pannier for better power and calorie figures.

    - What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava?
    What Ed Warner said, but it's important that there is a way to include the extra weight I carry when commuting in calculating these.

    -How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed?
    I want to see other people's commutes unless I opt out, especially as I want to see colleagues. Perhaps a useful an option could be to hide commutes with no PBs/top 10 achievements?
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  • Help us by sending your feedback around these questions: 

    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)?
      10 times / week, depending on the weather.
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava?
      Well I have no reasons to not upload my commutes, cuz I need to track distance on my bikes for service points etc.. Furthermore I mark them as private. They still count for all the challenges etc. I do them private, cuz most of the time I do not ride at the limit and get no PR's or KOM's any way. For me that works good, also private zones are okay as they are for me.
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? 
      I track all my rides on strava. More isn't possible.
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? 
      I would like to have a clear separation between commute and all other rides (training / tours / races) in general statistics of profiles of strava users (so you can better compare yourself among others).
      And for some reason the filter in training logs for commute and non-commute rides is buggy and do NOT work properly. (should be some extra bug eport i suppose?)
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed?
      They should be generally not be shown, but an option to check out commutes would be nice. Might be similar to the training log solution. Could be as well an option in settings. That you can set up your default preference with or without commute rides.

    Regards.

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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)?

    10 (2x5days)

    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava?

    privacy/stalkers, e.g. i've had some people from club rides ask to follow me who I don't know very well, and while i'm happy for them to see my weekend/fitness/big rides i'm less comfortable with them seeing my commutes

    also people from work seeing my times of arrival/departure, sick days, etc

    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava?

    i already track them all, because i have enhanced privacy mode on and limit my followers (though i'd prefer to have something in between so commutes counted towards my total riding, but didn't need to be visible for less-well-known acquaintances)

    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava?

    average commute times or ability to compare distribution of times for different routes (its hard to tell if one route is faster from individual rides, but once i've ridden them 10 or 100 times the average/mode/median might be a good comparison)

    long-term stats, just like the usual annual summary info but specific to commutes

    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed?

    depends on how well i know the person whose feed it is — not at all for "acquaintances", but happy for "friends" to see my commutes

    in my own feed, i guess i'd prefer to see less of people's commutes that match their regular commute, but if they deviate and do a 20km detour ride that's still a "commute" that'd be interesting (a ride can be both 'commute' and something else)

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  • New to this topic. I would LOVE to be able to filter my commute rides for the obvious reason that it would be useful to know my commute mileage and commute stats, culled from my other activities. On Garmin Connect I can separate all commutes by the filter "transportation." How about something similar for Strava? It would be a motiviator for more folks to leave the greenhouse warming devices at home more often. Increase fitness, etc.

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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)? 6x/week
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava? None
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? I track every ride, I just want a way to be able to separate my commute rides from my big rides. 
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? The info provided is fine. if I could sort commute rides out, to see how many times I commuted per/week and month, plus how many miles that would make the info really useful.
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? I don't necessarily need commutes to be polluting my followers feeds. The only one that really cares about commute miles is the actual commuter.  
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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)? 
      10 times/week all year round

    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava? 
      Because it interferes with the rides I track during training in our cycling club. I would not like to have commuting and training mixed. So at the moment I set my commute ride as private

    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? 
      I would not stop tracking commutes, but I would be pleased if it was filtered as commutes

    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? 
      Long term stats, improvement if you have made a new record on the whole commute at a certain ride

    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? 
      Just separate from training

    • Furthermore, it would be nice if you could click commute in the app (my Garmin is synchronizing with Strava) when I confirm the ride on my Android phone
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  • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)? 
    10 times/week all year round

    What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava? 
    Don't want to share my times etc. Commute feeds to others are pointless and annoying. Commute should be separate to training. Want to upload, just want to restrict sharing.

    What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? 
    Having them separated from training and racing. If commutes we're auto logged to my commuter bike so I could monitor usage, book servicing etc.

    What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? 
    Total distance commuted. Hours commuting. Total calories burnt commuting. Coldest temperature. Hottest temperature. Any time a record is broken etc. Would be good to log distance travelled on commuter bike separate to that logged for the road bike. Distance travelled in rain.

    How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? 
    Private to me, so not shared, although happy to share any of the above. ie, Nick has travelled over 250 miles commuting this month.

     

    So in summary, simply separating commutes from training/racing would be a good start. Commuting should then not feature in my feed, just the training/racing rides.

    Thanks for listening. The app is amazing and one I couldn't live without, just think Strava can do better.

    Best,

    Nick

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  • An afterthought:

    I see a few people say they set their commutes private to get around the issues of flooding followers with boring rides / not showing randoms your commuting habits. To me this partially defeats the purpose, because a lot of my weekly distance is on the commute (my stats!!), plus the odd PR, and there's definitely some motivation in seeing friends' commutes on the colder/rainy days, or things like that, so I don't think making all my commutes private is necessarily a good solution to this. (basically, I'm angling for slightly more advanced social/privacy levels)

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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)? 2-4 times a week
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava? If my gps and phone were both broken
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? I track all my commutes on Strava
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? Distance - week, month, year; Time - same; GHG reduction - ability to link your personal vehicle and do a rough calculation, lbs CO2, for example
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? Maybe a different activity icon
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  • Thank you to everyone who has answered the questions and given us your feedback. We appreciate it and look forward to our work on commute features. We'll be sure to keep the thread updated! 

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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)?  -  1-3 commutes a week (so 2-6 rides)
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava?  -  I don't think anyone else is at all interested in seeing them, although they should still count in my total miles
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? - I use Garmin, synced with Strava. When the ride arrives on the app with the edit/confim screen, I need the chance to flag as commute then and there, in the app.  BUT even more usefully - once I have manually tagged the three or four commuting routes I use, why doesn't strave automatically rides  from then one.  After all Strave already ideitifies that I am riding the same route as the day before.
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? -  month on month comparisions, so I can see trends. Anything that helps me find better routes : eg average stopped / slow speed time each month, and coamparisons across my two/three routes -  - which has the best/worst traffic.  What time of day is best?  When I get up 15 mins earlier, on average is my commute faster? less traffic? 
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? - an option to hide them is enough.
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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)? 1-3 times
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava? If I feel I'm spamming my friends with rides that are not that interesting
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? Knowing that I'm not spamming them
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? None in particular
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? Different activity icon; perhaps a smaller box and no map, in general more condensed information in particular if there are no KOMs/QOMs, PBs or Top10s; more advanced, if Strava knows the average commute for a particular rider but then one day they go the long way to work/home to highlight that (still with a different "commute" icon) but try and keep regular commutes subdued. Always show my commutes to me but allow me to hide others "regular" commutes (still showing "remarkable" commutes and allow me to hide all others commutes.
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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)?  -  5 times a week (most of the time
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava?  -  Feed spam in Friends and Club Feed
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? - automatic commute recognition. Maybe based on definable home / work Adresses. Manual adjustment is not really an option as I sync my garmin hardware with strava
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? -  periodly (week, mont, year commute count and distance). Why not handle commute like other trainings but an option not to show them in other feeds (or per default not to do so). Maybe an option for a second commute feed (not very interesting for me but could be an option). 
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? - not in friends or club feeds at all or in a different feed.
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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)? Commute 2-3 days a week, always record my rides with Strava
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava? Same as everyone else; spamming friends with boring rides/data
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? Not sure.  I record all my commutes regardless.
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava?  I would love to be able to filter my rides by the "Commute" tag so I can see how many commute miles I have verse all miles
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? Either have add a filter to show all rides or a filter to hide commutes.  I used to keep them private to keep them out of the feed, and then unhide them later to avoid spamming the Activity Feed.
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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)? 10
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava? Clogging the activity feed
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? I currently track all of them
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? That they don't appear int the activity feed
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? Not in the main feed - perhaps a separate feed - ie "Me - Commutes" which contributes to the overall distance/height stats, but doesn't get broadcast (and is perhaps private by default?)
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  • I don't record my commutes as it would bore everyone to death but I would love to see the substantial miles clocked up on my Strava stats, so lets make the commute button a sort of filter only appearing to me.

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  • Heya Elle

    I know that this is not Endomondo, but the main feature missing from strava that keeps me from going all in on strava is actually the "hide commute" ride. Endomondo has a "hide transport riding", so like a few have mentioned I don't bore all my friends with 2 commute upload a day. So a simple feature like "hide commute rides from news stream" but keep it in stats would be awsome, and make me only use one sports tracker instead of two :-D

    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)? 6-10 times a week
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava? I don't wanna spam the activity stream with all those minor rides
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? An option to "hide commute rides from my news feed to others
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? Distance and time most important - heart-rate, cadence, avg. speed, elevation would be nice but not needed
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? In my OWN feed it could have a little banner saying "Commute" and hidden from anyone elses feed unless I specifically want to share it :-)
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  • haha I don't even care that I save/post 2 commutes a day.  If people don't want to look at them they can just scroll past it.

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