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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  • If you could tally the kms for the commute it would give me greater justification to the wife for me to buy more bike gear.Dont care about hiding the ride as it usually is cover most of my riding.Although i can see the point for people doing small boring commutes. Would be pretty good tool to work out commting miles for different areas for interest of cycling movements.

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  • Any updates on the plans for the commute tag? As someone who is now recording commutes 3-4 days a week I'd definitely like to see:

    - Autonatic naming and tagging of commutes

    - Better filtering of commutes

    - Commute specific stats, eg number of days, number of  miles and perhaps even an estimate of CO2 savings

    Keep up the good work. 

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  • Hi. Mileage commuted can be claimed on expenses, so if a simple summary of dates and mileage could be displayed or downloaded in PDF, text, excell format for use in claiming expenses. That would be helpful. John

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  • Old thread, but might as well chime in...

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

    8x / week.

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

    Spam my friends' feeds. People don't need to know exactly when I'm coming and going from work.

    What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? 

    Allow commutes to be excluded from my friends' feeds. Hide the exact start/end time.

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

    Commute frequency. Total mileage. Comparison of same commute over time.

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

    I think users should have an option to toggle "show commutes" on/off for their feed so they could easily hide my commutes (and I could hide theirs.) Short commutes in the feed is WAY too much noise if you follow a lot of people.

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

      2-4 times/week.

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

      My commutes are most of my mileage (and I'm on track to ride 6,000 miles this year) so they're not trivia.

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

      Nothing. I already record them all.

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

      I would like to be able to see what my commuting mileage is for the year.
      I'd like to see how I stack up against other commuters on Strava, in my area, etc.

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

      If they're under a certain threshold (settable by me--say, ten or twenty miles) I don't need to see them. Otherwise, I'd like to see them.
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  • If it is not something Strava already does could you please make bike commute data available to public authorities.  This data would be very useful to town planners and could help to secure much needed investment in cycling infrastructure.

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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)?   I don't use Strava now to record commuts, but I commute 10 times a week (twice a day). Besides that, I take a walk once or twice a day that I would like to record.
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava?  I don't want to spam my followers with commutes.
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? See above, if commutes would automatically be excluded, I wouldn't use another app to record them (I use Runkeeper for that)
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? I would like to be able to see seperate statistics for commutes and none-commutes. 
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed?  I don't see a commute as an excercise (I don't use a heart rate monitor during commutes). So I am only interested in distance, speed and time.
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    • How often do you use Strava to record your commutes (#/week)?   Average about 2 per week; much more in warmer months.
    • What are some reasons you would NOT upload your commute data to Strava?  I always upload my commutes.
    • What would encourage you to track more commutes on Strava? Nothing really. But would like to be able to separate out commutes from other activities (rides/races/runs).
    • What info would you like to see about your Commutes on Strava? I would like to be able to separate out commutes from other activities (rides/races/runs); and see heatmap by commutes. Essentially anything you can do with Strava, it would be good to segment out for commutes. 
    • How would you like commutes to be shown in the Feed? Like any other activity.
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  • Another great reason to flag activities as "Commutes" is if you want to make some beautiful exercise art with Sisu. The commutes kind of screw up the visuals.

    https://www.madewithsisu.com/designs/multiroute

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  • @Elle Anderson is there a update to the commute tag? I dont want to spam my friends but track every ride... Thats the main issue?

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  • Im so sad of lack of development by Strava...
    Lot of feedbacks and wishes but always nothing done...

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  • Looking through these feeds it’s clear how strava should be implementing the commute feature, and how the users want to use it. I was gathering hope for them to get the ball rolling until I seen how old these comments are, 2014 and strava still have this unused feature

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  • A simpler solution could be to let the user choose if the default activity should be tagged as commute or not.

    The same behavior Strava use to set the default bike, the default shoes or the default privacy could be use for communte activities too.

    Why not a default boolean "isCommute"?

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  • Why would anyone want to look at a feed full of commutes? Honestly can't think of a single reason. If users could tag rides as commutes, you could choose not to view commutes in your feed. 

    You have to educate users to tag appropriately though. Possible, and well worth it.

    Also, you can currently tag on desktop, but not app [Android at least]. I would imagine most people commute with the app over a Garmin, so makes sense to make tagging available in the app. It means the convenience of logging your ride on your phone is moot as you then need to login on desktop to tag it.

    Considering how far Strava has come, I would have thought this was a fairly basic suggestion?

     

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  • Hey Olivier, we're still working on an algorithmic ordering of the feed (more on our blog) which may be effective at filtering commute activities to lower down in the feed. Other than that, we don't have plans for anything specific to commute at this time. 

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