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Bike Parking Application for Metro Manila based on OpenStreetMap data
Development of a bike parking application that will enable users to search for the nearest bicycle parking in Manila.
budget (Euro)EUR 959.75
location(s)Metro Manila, Philippines
granteeRonx Ronquillo
contact(s)• Ronx Ronquillo• Ruen Zapanta
organization (if applicable)• N/A

About your Mapping Community

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We are Team PPS (PPS: Parking Spot), a group of friends in Manila, Philippines working in the Information Technology industry, with fields from banking to manufacturing to e-commerce. Our OSM mapping activity will initially involve data in the Metropolitan Manila area, expandable to areas outside the metropolis.

We began our bicycle parking rack mapping activities (called “rack raids”) in January 2019. Much needs to be done about the amount of data relating to bike parking infrastructure in the country, and given the onslaught of COVID-19 and subsequent move to a “New Normal”, we need to be able to help our fellow Filipinos in easing the transition to other modes of transportation, one of which is to help them more easily find bike parking locations via an application.

As of now, we are a small group, consisting of four volunteers. Much of the work lies in documenting currently-existing bike parking locations, and eventually consolidating them together by defining in OpenStreetMap. More available bike-related data in OSM (including bike parking) will translate to more usability of the app and the richness of OSM data as well.

What do you need the grant money for?

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We are applying for the grant to help us build a bike parking application that will help locate the nearest bike parking facility. A common question that arises for bike commuters is, “where is the nearest bike parking?” Our app attempts to help answer that question in conjunction with enriching the OpenStreetMap database as well, so that we also contribute to OSM in the bigger scheme of things.

The app will also enable users to rate bike parking locations based on several subjective metrics (i.e., perceived safety, security factors, protection against sun/rain) which will help also determine overall ratings for these locations.

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Budget Breakdown

Item What do you plan to spend the money on? Expected cost per unit (in Euros) Quantity you plan to buy / subscription length Expected total cost (in Euros) Why is it needed? (Please give as much detail as possible.)
Domain URL Lease €43.75 per year 1 Domain €43.75 The domain will be the URL of the application.
Web Application Web Application Hosting €58 per month. 1-3 Hosting Servers (for Front end and API) + 10 GB Database + Cloud Storage. 12 months €696 The Hosting servers will allow the application to be accessible to the public. The number of servers will increase or decrease depending on the amount of traffic coming in. Initial peak traffic estimate is at 13 requests / second (15,000 users)
Social Media Advertisement Social Media advertisement €30 / month Six (6) months €180 To be used to promote and build up usage of the app
Logo design and site assets design €40 One-off cost €40 To help establish identity of the app
TOTAL €959.75

If you receive a grant, what do you aim to achieve?

It is recommended that this supports mission of the OSM Foundation and your local community. Please provide us with any information you think is relevant including the metrics you expect to achieve. Please write 100-200 words.

The team aims to achieve the following goals:

  • Create and deploy a bike parking application to accommodate the unique biking environment in Manila;
  • Help the local community with easing restricted/limited transport options (due to social/physical distancing rules) by promoting bike commuting as a good alternative;
  • Help promote more usage of the project as well as OSM overall.

The project will initially involve bike parking facilities within the Metropolitan Manila area (about 620 km2) where a majority of bike commuters work daily. We expect at least 15,000 existing bike commuters will be exposed to OSM via the app, and we will be actively promoting the commuters to update/add/contribute to OSM.

From the current dataset of only around 250 bike parking facilities across the metropolis, we expect to improve the dataset volume with more bike parking data to be consolidated and defined via OSM.

Do you receive funding from any other sources at the moment?

If you receive funding from other organisations currently, please state how much this is, whether the donations are regular or one off, and how these funds have been raised. Please write no more than 300 words. If you have any sources of co-funding for this grant application, please provide details. Examples of this might be if you have any partners who would be willing to match grant funding if you receive it, or if your project has existing funding. Please provide as much detail as possible.

We are not currently receiving any funding from other sources.

Is there anything you would like OSMF to support you with?

If there is anything which you would like OSMF to support you with in order to strengthen your project, please let us know. For example, this could include building relationships with OSM communities, sourcing updated imagery for mapping projects, or guidance on how to use some of the tools we have created. We want to do our best to support OSM communities, so please let us know what you need. Please write no more than 150 words.

More campaign and collaboration with the OSM Philippines community.


By submitting this form to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, you certify the information contained in this application is correct, and that if you are awarded a grant, you will use it only for the purposes described above. You will provide written documentation and receipts for all of your expenses to the OSM Foundation to demonstrate this. You understand that the decisions made by the OSM Foundation Microgrants committee are final.

I, Ronx Ronquillo, agree to follow the above declaration.


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • I endorse this project - very timely! - Mikko Tamura of Mapbeks
  • People should know where to park their bikes for security. Having them visible on the map will encourage inclusive/active mobility, and social distancing. - arnalielsewhere
  • This is a very urgent and important project, especially now during the pandemic. Please support this, dear OSMF! - mapmakerdavid
  • Since mass transport remains suspended in Metro Manila, using bikes is one of the best ways to go around the metro. This project is very relevant and timely so I fully support this! - Monica May