Project of the week/2010/Aug 22
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.
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 your trail. Note connectivity, access, surface, and amenities.
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
Add amenities near the trail, where appropriate.
- barrier=cycle_barrier # add details for access control
- access=* # consider adding opening hours.
Use your preferred editor to record your notes in the form of OSM data and metadata.
Upload your edits to OpenStreetMap to add your new trail.