Is Strava Appropriate on Shared-Use Trails?
New England Mountain Bike Association has published the following statement concerning the use of Strava and riding trails:
Strava is used by many cyclists and runners as a technology that records and publicizes individual’s training routes and riding metrics. However, Strava “King of the Mountain” segments promote an individual “race” mentality on those segments that is inappropriate within the context of a shared-use trail system. Riders using Strava as a training tool need to fully realize that they should yield to all other trail users, control their bicycle, ride only on trails open to bicycling, and practice environmentally responsible riding. Lastly, Strava users should report inappropriate segments to Strava so that they can be removed.
Together we need to change the culture of Strava on the trails. While competition is an enjoyable aspect of many forms of outdoor recreation (cycling, running, skiing, snowshoeing, etc), mountain bike racing should be done within a controlled environment, and is not appropriate in many venues, including on shared-use, public trail systems.