Project of the week/2010/Aug 22

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"Trails","footpaths", whatever you like to call them, we'd like to map them!

Add a Trail to OpenStreetMap

Your multi-use trail might provide a path for school children with less vehicle traffic. It might provide a measured distance for runners to exercise. It might provide educational access to a protected environmental area or a place to go with the family for some fresh air and a picnic.

One of the most fundamental contributions that you can make to OpenStreetMap is to add a new trail, path or road. The Project of the Week is to add a Trail to OpenStreetMap. Multi-use trails provide a method of transportation, recreation, and a sense of community to a neighbourhood. Add a hike / bike / walk / roller skate trail to your area of the map.

Method

Adding a new highway to OpenStreetMap is one of the most common, basic skills for a contributor. This PotW presumes that you have a favourite editor and preferred tags. Newer mappers might find this tutorial "Add a Trail to OpenStreetMap" helpful.

Survey

Survey your trail. Note connectivity, access, surface, and amenities.

Required Tags

Provide appropriate connectivity to other OSM objects. Does the trail connect to the sidewalk / pavement? To the residential road with an accessibility ramp?

  • highway=* # likely a path, footway or cycleway
  • surface=* # paved / unpaved at a minimum, consider asphalt, gravel, woodchip, cobbles, etc.
  • foot=yes # add appropriate access tags
  • bicycle=yes # add appropriate access tags

Recommended Tags

Add amenities near the trail, where appropriate.

Optional Tags

  • access=* # consider adding opening hours.

Edit

Use your preferred editor to record your notes in the form of OSM data and metadata.


Upload

Upload your edits to OpenStreetMap to add your new trail.