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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Another +1. Two reasons - frustrating to reconcile data since Strava truncates and over 20 or so activities in a month, it's off by a mile, give or take, causing me to wonder if I have a goof somewhere. Also, comparing individual efforts creates too much variance.

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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 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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  • 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 am new to Strava, but also find not showing distances (I use miles) to 2 decimal places annoying.  One thing worth pointing out on the "GPS isn't that accurate argument" is I assume km measurements are shown to 1 decimal place.  Given this, someone walking .1 km would have this displayed.  If it is accurate enough to display in km then someone using miles should expect the same accuracy.

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  • Sorry for double posting, but I wanted to be more explicit in my example.  So if you are recording in km, .1 km = .06 miles however if you are recording in miles .1 km = 0.0 miles.  Or looking at it slightly differently, if you are recording in km, you get a .1 increment every 328 feet, however if you are recording in miles you only get a .1 increment every 528 feet.

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  • The article Strava posted as justification for not adding hundredths is now six years old. It is outdated. Unfortunately, so is the Strava capability. Needlessly so since, as another poster commented, the GPS is good enough to distinguish and display what side of the street I am riding on. That's only a few yards apart.

    C'mon Strava, change the display. What you are doing now is inherently inaccurate.

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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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  • 100% this is the most annoying thing about STRAVA. If I run 3.18 miles in training (like today) Strava rounds it down to 3.1 miles. That 'missing' 0.8 miles is 129 meters which takes a decent number of seconds to cover even at a fast 5k pace. The result displayed though is the shorter distance at the time taken to cover the longer distance which makes it look much slower than it actually is.
    The official response to this 2 years ago was that Strava 'is looking into it' but obviously in all that time nothing has changed. Will this ever be dealt with? I'd really like to know. If not, why not?

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  • Please fix this strava; I like to do quarter mile intervals for speed work.

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  • No need to fix it for me anymore. I've moved on to another product.

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  • It's annoyed me for some time.  It's obvious to me they use the true value behind the scenes in their calculations.  See my activity:

     

    The distance says 3.1mi in 24:01 but notice in the accomplishments that a 5K effort completed in 23.31.

    +1 to fix this.  

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  • This is super trivial to fix and should take one or two days to implement - no need to change any API's or anything complex, just formatting on the client app side. There is plenty of space in the UI to accommodate an extra digit for the distance.

    The request is more than 2 years old. 6 months ago was Strava's last update in which they said they would consider this. Meanwhile Strava has landed a useless revamp of the activity feed that nobody has asked about and that made it less usable (much lower information density of information on the screen) but is nowhere close to even considering this request. Do you need any more reason while more users aren't upgrading to Premium or dropping their existing Premium?

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  • +1  Please fix this soon.  I moved from Runtastic because their Apple Watch app is junk, but this is pretty annoying.  

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  • Ha ha ha.  Look peepul, if Strava hasn't fixed this by now, they are never going to fix it.

    If you are on premium, drop back to free.  Maybe if Strava loses some revenue, they will pay attention to their user base.

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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 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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  • Well, the pinned official update is from April, but Elle originally responded in Dec 2016.

    Why someone can't change

    sprintf("%.1f")

    to

    sprint("%.2f")

    is a bit beyond me.

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  • Dear Strava Support, Please enable the displaying of two decimal places on your otherwise great app.  I wear a Garmin 935 and sync it to Garmin Connect.  I also sync Garmin Connect to Strava.  The Garmin watch and Garmin Connect app both display distance in two decimal places but Strava does not.  This is disappointing and would seem to be a straightforward update to improve user experience.

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  • Just laziness at this point?  GPS and GLONAS aren't accurate enough?  C'mon, add a decimal, join the accuracy revolution!

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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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  • 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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