The latest Strava update has a neat new trick to help make your riding safer

Strava Beacon lets emergency contacts track your ride

In its latest app update, Strava has introduced a new feature, Strava Beacon, that lets riders share their real-time location with a selection of emergency contacts, hopefully giving them a little peace of mind that you’ve just added on an extra loop if you’re back a little later than expected.

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The feature is only available to Strava Premium members, and only works if you’re tracking your ride through the Strava app (although if you’re using a cycle computer such as those from Garmin or Wahoo, then it may already have a similar feature). To activate Strava Beacon on the app, just press record, tap the Beacon icon at the bottom right, then set up your contacts and start your ride.

Emergency contacts will then receive a text message containing a link to the tracking page. Thankfully they don’t need to have the Strava app or a Strava account to be able to see the page and track your progress, and also see the remaining battery life of your phone so they won’t panic if your phone runs out of juice and you disappear off the radar.

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The new feature was added in version 4.22.0 of the Strava app, which is available to download now for iOS and Android.