asked this on May 29, 2012 09:40 PM
OK - my flame suit is on. I know this is difficult topic, but I wanted to consider a follow up. Strava has previously allowed users to flag segments as hazardous - particularly important where those of us who have ridden much of our local terrain are aware that the existence of leader-boards combined with the desire to compete might not lead to good outcomes on some of our routes. Recently several of my fellow riders have noticed that previously flagged "dangerous" segments reappear when other riders create new versions of these old segments. We all understand that it's very hard to be objective, or to codify "dangerous" vs "safe" segments. So many factors play into what determines the "safety" of a segment. Obviously it's not clear to folks creating segments why a previous segment was flagged.
So what to do? Two things come to mind. The first is to wonder if a second version of a "flagged" segment could be sent for review - users are prompted if Strava finds similar segments in its database. Maybe there's a way to have an extra check in this instance. Secondly, perhaps there could be some sort of "guide to safe Strava'ing" or equivalent to help new Strava users think about some of these important issues that might not be obvious at first blush. It could be as simple as a brief note to folks signing up for the first time:
"Some thoughts to help Strava users be the best ambassadors they can:
1) Uphill segments - go for it folks, push as hard as you damn well can. If you think you might pass out, you have permission to ease off/bail and try again another day
2) Downhill segments - think carefully before creating these. What could be the unintended consequences for you, your fellow Strava users or other road users of creating a segment on a particularly fast/twisty/steep/busy section of road? Have you found a descent particularly risky/dangerous - flag it and do the Strava user-base a favor.
3) Stop lines and lights - how about giving everyone a break and really trying to avoid creating segments that go through intersections or finish on stop lines? Getting KOM's is tough enough without having to risk an infraction or worse.
There, now we've got the preachy stuff out the way, go out, ride hard and ride safe"
Have at it people. Anyone else thinking about this stuff?