[OSM-talk] Cycle route planning using OSM
isergean at hih.com.au
Fri Apr 27 06:38:37 BST 2007
Perhaps what we need to start with is a wiki guide to how to use the
currently accepted tags and features of OSM to be cycle friendly. Once the
page is up, it will be a focus for developing consensus for how to collect
the data and for determining if any new features are really required, and
subsequently how to best render it for cyclists.
If there are no objections - I could put this up as a base, and work from
there. If I have got anything wrong, then I guess it only reinforces the
need tor the resource, so we can build a consensus on the "right" way.
I'm sure people who have done more extensive work with cycleways would be
able to add constructively to it.
Building a Bicycle Friendly OSM
No two cyclists agree on what makes a perfect cycling route. For some it
is the fastest route, regardless of traffic volume, speed, or cycle
facilities. For others a low stress route is the preferred alternative.
The best result for cyclists is capturing the best quality data, with as
much information relevant to all cyclists as possible.
This can be done by considering the following points:
1. Enter Cycleways
Only enter cycleways that are usable.
2. Identify Shortcuts
Where two roads don't connect for cars, but cyclists can get through,
construct a short segment/way as cycleway to show that there is a path for
3. Identify Low Traffic Streets
on roads to identify low speed roads
to identify roads through residential areas
to identify single lane roads
for nice wide roads, or when roads are squeeze.
4. Identify on-road cycle facilities
Contruct a new way over the segments where a good on-road cycle lane
exists, of good width and free from obstruction.
Construct a new way over the segments where a contra-flow cycle facility
5. Identify where bicycle restrictions exist
On motorways and tunnels where bicycles are not permitted. Indicate this
On pedestrian links, indicate if they are not passable by bicycle with
6. Identify track surface unsuitable for road bikes
How does that sound for a start?
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