Talk:British Columbia

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No north/south trunks..

Unfortunately, using the highway=trunk only for national highways the most important northern highway links are not shown at appropriate scales. I'm thinking specifically of highway 97 from Cache Creek to Prince George. Likewise from Kamloops north on the Yellowhead highway. Indirectly this means that at certain scales the route from Washington to Alaska state is somewhat circuitous. :) I'm not sure this approach is the best, unless the rendering is modified somehow.

I propose to set the yellowhead and cariboo highway 97 to trunk. Make sense? Or should we try to improve rendering rules for this? I'm totally new to doing OSM mapping so interested in getting set straight ;)

I think you can ignore my comments above, but I'll leave them here in case someone has a better explanation. I see all of Highway 97 is noted in the NHS. Thanks for the references, I will update my edits to tag Hwy 97=trunk and go from there.

-- spatialguru

Translink Map of Major Roads

I came across this map of Metro Vancouver major roads on the Translink web site and thought it would be of interest to other mappers in the area.


--Jpkroeker 21:45, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

City organization

Would it make sense to group the cities ie. Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Okanagan, Kooteneys, Northern BC? --acrosscanadatrails 04:48, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

Road classification

I added a note that the current wiki description does not reflect actual practice. This is true for the lower mainland, Fraser valley and Kamloops. Current practice in the lower mainland is to tag numbered highways without limited access features (e.g. 1A along Kingsway) as primary and to tag limited access roads (e.g. Mary Hill Bypass) as trunk and to tag divided highways with no lights (e.g. TransCanada, Knight Street, 99 through Richmond) as motorway. Similar practice appear to be in place in other areas that I have examined.

It is safest to look at the tagging of the surrounding area and follow them.


I removed the links for the NHS data as they are not safe with regards to copyright Pnorman 01:58, 6 November 2011 (UTC)

Regional District boundaries

I've been trying to get the boundaries of all of BC's Regional Districts into OpenStreetMap. Unfortunately I've been running into too many problems that are stopping my efforts dead in their tracks. The data is available directly from the Province, but it's not in the correct format to put into OpenStreetMap. Can anyone help? -- DENelson83 10:03, 26 May 2012 (BST)

Okay, I've managed to get the boundary data into the right format, and to test the waters, I have uploaded just the boundary of the Regional District I live in, which is the Comox Valley Regional District. The Province has released this data under its Open Government License. I need to know if the Province's license is compatible with OpenStreetMap's Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license before I can continue with uploading the boundaries of the rest of the RDs. Proper data attribution is being included in the uploads. -- DENelson83 07:06, 29 May 2012 (BST)
Well, apparently, since I found the proper attribution to the BC Government on this page, that means I can add the rest of the boundaries. Off I go... -- DENelson83 02:35, 30 May 2012 (BST)
Unfortunately, that didn't work out well, so I've torn everything down and am starting again. I still need some proper consultation before I can do this properly, as stated in the import guidelines. -- DENelson83 03:17, 5 June 2012 (BST)