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Status: Gathering Kudos

I sometimes visit large sites that are more than 2km away from public roads, so any attempts to using an address to hide the start/end point of a ride hasn't been successful since the ride ends more than 2km from the point of the road. Randomizing the centre point doesn't really help as it only allows a couple of tries, and often moves the circle away from the areas I'm trying to hide.

Ideally I'd like to make a 5km square, and move the map underneath that square until it covers most/all of the site and my end/start points are well hidden.

I am thinking of places like national parks, large factories, power plants, military bases etc. where there are internal roads without addresses that are accepted by the form on the strava page. These places are also larger than the maximum 1600m radius the current privacy zone allows. 

Status changed to: Gathering Kudos
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Hello @clasher,

Thank you for submitting your feedback and idea! While your notes about the maximum distance that can be hidden using Map Visibility settings being 1,600 meters or 1 mile is correct, I wanted to share some notes about additional privacy settings available to control who is able to see your activity.

When it comes to your Map Visibility settings, there is a third option available which allows you to hide the entire map on your activity. Enabling this option will prevent any other athletes who are able to view your activity from seeing any portion of the activity's map. This Map Visibility setting is available in your account's settings if you would like to hide the maps on all new activity uploads or you can enable the setting on individual activities you have uploaded to your account in the past. 

More information can be found at the following link: Edit Map Visibility

In addition to your Map Visibility settings, you also have the ability to control who is able to view your activity using the Activity Privacy Control. The privacy control on an activity can be set to "Everyone", "Followers", or "Only You" to determine who is able to view the activity. While this privacy control does not specifically affect the map on your activity, it may be useful in helping you keep sensitive information private.

More information can be found in the following article: Activity Privacy Controls

Thank you again for submitting your idea on our Community Hub! Our team will consider your feedback and continue monitoring this idea for further support and comments.

Charles | Support Coordinator
Mt. Kenya

Hello, could you add more radius sizes, with current settings it's either too big or too small, at 200m I can,t hide specific road I want to hide, with 400m I hide part of segment, 250m or 300m should be perfect


You can try using GPS coordinates to set your privacy zone. At the time of my testing, this only worked on the (iOS?) app, not the website, and the coordinates need to be entered as latitude, longitude without the ° or cardinal (NSEW) indicators. So for instance 40.25492, -105.61606 for Longs Peak.

You can obtain such coordinates from Apple/Google Maps, replacing W and S with negative values.

Obviously, the trial and error gets tedious very quickly for edge cases (I myself spent a long time trying to avoid cutting a 10k that takes place near my home). What would be ideal would be for Strava to improve their privacy tool in two ways:

  1. Let us drop a pin anywhere on the map (Relive does it), and
  2. Give us a slider for extending/shrinking the privacy zone (or let us input a radius in feet/meters).

The current system is awful and overly complicated.

This existing Idea is related and needs more attention.


@Borubar  If the main sorrow is because of the segments: Segments in the privacy zone can be recognized if you go out of the privacy zone, make the segment and then go out of the privacy zone again. That's because the privacy only applies for the start and end of the activity.