This privacy overhaul was implemented earlier in the month.
Strava today makes Beacon, the live location-sharing app for athletes, accessible to all users, regardless of whether they pay for the popular cycling and running app. Beacon sharing via Strava was previously only possible through subscription. This costs $59.99 per year or $5.00 per month. This change comes after a major privacy push by Strava that was announced earlier in the month.
Sharing beacons can be used to increase safety and enjoyment. You can share your location live with up to three others who can follow your progress until the end. You will receive a text message with a unique URL that opens in a mobile browser. This allows you to see your activity in real-time (updated every 15 seconds). This feature can save lives for runners and bikers who are in trouble on a remote trail or road. It also allows for some serendipitous rendezvousing with friends, which can be a great way to have them join you on the course (fun! You can.
One caveat. Strava states that Beacon sharing via connected devices such as the Apple Watch or Garmin bike computers is a paid feature. This is due to the difficulty of supporting such integrations. Beacon sharing via the Strava app is only available to Strava users.
Strava has recently undergone a significant overhaul in terms of privacy options. The Beacon service is now free. They include new privacy zone features, which give users greater control over their GPS tracking maps’ accuracy and visibility beyond their home. Activity-related features allow users to hide data such as heart rate and pace per user. DC Rainmaker breaks it all down in the video above for anyone interested in the details.