Display correct units of measure on in world signs

Forgive me if this has been asked/requested before.

Can we get the in-world signs to display the correct units of measure?

For example, when riding towards the radio tower (epic kom?) the altitude signs are in meters, yet I have configured my settings for imperial. The distance indicators are also in metric, for example how many KMs to the lodges or the jungle.


Only three countries in the world use imperial and they are just 5% of the world’s population. It would be much easier for these three backward countries to just join the majority using the metric system. Zwift is encouraging the switch.
My country has been metric for 50 years and it’s much better now.


I don’t know which 3 countries you mean?
The EU only has 27 countries and 440 millions population and I am sure there are many more worldwide.

Just put:
“Only three countries in the world use metric and they are just 5% of the world’s population”
into google and the first return is:

I keyed

“Only three countries in the world use Imperial”

Guess what link I was given top of my google search ?:joy:

Edit : just read your first post and realise you meant Imperial in your second post when you typed metric ! Sorry.

Edit again ! Oh did you amend your first post at some point ?

1 Like

I think you all are missing the point. Zwift needs to be consistent. It allows me to set my profile defaults to imperial, then all in-world metrics should be imperial. For those users that have set metric as the default, then all in-world metrics are in metrics.

The UI shows my speed in mph, distance covered in miles, distance left in miles, sprint PR, KOM PR all in imperial.

Then i see a sign, like on the Epic KOM, that tells me I have x.x KM to go.

It is a consistence thing. If i’m-world can’t be made to match, then maybe Zwift should just eliminate imperial and only support metric.

I heard someplace that using metric results in more drop and level points being accumulated than imperial.

The way the game is designed, your speed is displayed in your preferred units as part of the HUD, but landscape graphics are static assets. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the altitude signs to become dynamic.

You may be thinking of this

I, too, am an Imperial user, and I’ve always kind of liked that the signs along the Epic are in metric because it’s in keeping with the European theming of the villages along the mountain.

Not holding my breath. However, this is the feature request forum. Therefore this is nothing wrong with putting the request on the record.


I’m all for feature requests, so I’m not saying this to say ‘don’t post it’ :slight_smile:

But I wouldn’t want this feature, if only for the reason that dynamic road signs would be one more thing to tax the system and make Zwift run that little bit worse on a given machine. If Zwift is going to do something that increases the demands on my computer, I’d rather it be something like expanding the number of visible riders or upping the level of detail in the landscape. It’s not a bad idea, but my own priorities would be very different.

I’m in the US where we don’t want nuthin to do with yer fancy ‘meters’ and ‘kilograms’ and ‘reasonable health care systems’. But I run my own Zwift in metric because I’m enough of a cycling fan that I think about cycling in those terms. And also, the signs in metric make me more easily imagine I’m riding somewhere other than here :slight_smile:

(To clarify–if this could be done with minimal to no bad effect, I’d say go for it. Resist the tyranny of the Metric System! Give those people an inch, and they take a decimeter.)

I would only ask if when riding in a different country you would expect all the signs to much the units settings from your bike computer.

Going that way we I could complain that riding on the left side of the road in Makuri is also inconsistent with my regional settings. It would be possible to render Makuri riders on the ride side just for me but what would be the point?

The NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory /Office of Weights and Measures of the USA says:

Currently, both the international foot and U.S. survey foot are based on the meter, and in fact all U.S. customary units are based on the International System of Units (SI).

Your inch would be the width of your thumb, or his, or hers … if the metric system didn’t define it.:rofl::wink::exclamation:

I don’t care 907.1847kgs about that. 'Merica!

(And that’s an exaggeration, there were standards in place before that. It’s just that each country’s inch might vary a little bit. And I’d say it’s more correct to say that in 1959 the definition of ‘foot’ was changed to a specific length in metric, but what that length exactly was defined as was based on broadly what the ‘foot’ had been defined as before that :stuck_out_tongue: The ‘foot’ remained largely the same length as what it had been in most places before then.)

(Er, I mean…metric is bad!!111!)

In the 1790s the meter was standardized as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole.
In 1959 the foot was a slightly different length in different countries. In July of that year the International yard and pound agreement defined the length of the international yard to be .9144 meters, thereby standardizing the foot at 30.48 cm.
Einstein showed the speed of light to be the same for all observers. In 1983 an international commission set the speed of light to be exactly 299,792,458 meters per second. This redefined the meter to be the distance that light travels in 1/299,792,458 of a second.
The inch is still defined as 2.54 cm. and depends on the International System of Units for its existence. Some day it will be extinct.
Some day rim brakes will also be extinct!

Wikipedia (which, let me point out…wiki ‘pedia’…clearly an authority on ‘the foot’) says that the foot is based on the US size 14 men’s shoe. Which is my shoe size. So I’m going with that alternative fact.

1 Like

“Rule #24. // Speeds and distances shall be referred to and measured in kilometers.”

1 Like

You mean .254 decimeter, right? :smiley:

1 Like