[Talk-GB] Surveying rural buildings

Jon Pennycook jpennycook at bcs.org.uk
Fri Jul 24 11:56:36 UTC 2020

Traveline, a public transport website, use OSM for both presenting a map
and for routing, eg http://www.travelinesw.com/

They get confused by bus-only roads - access=no/motor_vehicle=no combined
with bus=yes/designated on a road leads to very strange routing (or did the
last time I tried to plan a route in Reading)!

Some delivery companies use OSM - there are several groups of professional
mappers who edit the map on their behalf.

As for direct use by the general public - I know people who use
OpenCycleMap.org, but most people I know aren't aware of OSM.


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Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:46:08 +0100
From: Robert Skedgell <rob at hubris.org.uk>
To: talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Surveying rural buildings
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On 23/07/2020 10:55, Mateusz Konieczny via Talk-GB wrote:
> Jul 23, 2020, 11:49 by forums at david-woolley.me.uk:
>     On 23/07/2020 10:12, Nick wrote:
>         Do we actually know what the general public use OSM for?
>     My impression is that the target for a lot of the material in OSM is
>     professional users of maps, rather than the general public.
> I would say that most of use by general public is indirect - from location
> maps in a bus, through maps on mapy.cz/Osmand/FB/Snapchat/Uber/Maps.me
> to indirectly benefiting from use of OSM data in various
> plans/analysis/scientific research.

I though Uber used Google, which would explain a couple of comical
misdirections to somewhere near-ish to my destination, which I could
replicate later on in Google.

> I would say that direct use by general public is going to be fairly
> rare, though still
> happening, like with nearly all resources.

There's also a lot of indirect use by the public in route planning sites
and apps, particularly for cyclists, e.g. Komoot, CycleStreets and

It's also fairly heavily used by sport and activity tracking apps like
Strava and Training Peaks (both via Mapbox), VeloViewer, etc.

Robert Skedgell (rskedgell)
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