[Talk-GB] mapping props

Shaun McDonald shaun at shaunmcdonald.me.uk
Sun May 4 15:09:59 BST 2008

On 4 May 2008, at 14:59, Matthew Gates wrote:

> I don't know about anyone else, but sometimes I get some pretty odd  
> looks
> while out mapping - especially in residential areas where there are  
> a lot
> of elderly people.
> They watch me cycling up to the end of their quiet cul-de-sac's and  
> then
> turning round and going down the next one, taking photos of street  
> signs as
> I go.  I think they suspect me of being up to no good. I would hate to
> think I'm causing them to worry.

Your not alone.

> Does anyone on this list carry some indication of whet they are really
> doing?  I was thinking of getting a high-visibility vest and  
> printing "OSM
> Survey" on it (with the URL of the main site underneath).  No doubt  
> this
> would be thought to be a marketing survey or something, but it might  
> help
> to quash the suspicion I seen to arouse.

Having a hi-vis vest does work well. You can do just about anything  
with one, without people questioning you. If you are cycling, a hi-vis  
vest is always better than bike lights. Other road users have no  
excuse for NOT seeing you. Apparently the law says that you can't have  
a bike light with more than 5W on a bike, even so cars have lights 10  
times brighter and dazzle cyclists.

You might also be interested in printed OSM hi-vis vests that Graham  
Smith is going to do:
http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk/2008-May/025909.html on  
the main talk list.


> Maybe this doesn't happen to anyone else, and it's just that I look  
> dodgy,
> or that York is particularly rich in paranoid residents...?
> Matthew
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