[Talk-us] US Bicycle Routes in KY, TN, AL, MS, and GA

KerryIrons irons54vortex at sbcglobal.net
Mon Mar 11 14:16:19 UTC 2013


The efforts you describe in Ohio are the kind of collaboration that supports
USBR development.  We have been working closely with ODOT and bike advocates
in Ohio and with connecting both PA and IN into that effort.

The Adventure Cycling Underground Railroad route is potentially USBR 25 in
KY and TN and USBR 21 in Ohio.  We would have no concerns about tagging that
route as UGRR rather than 21 or 25.


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From: Minh Nguyen [mailto:mxn at 1ec5.org] 
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2013 1:55 AM
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Subject: Re: [Talk-us] US Bicycle Routes in KY, TN, AL, MS, and GA

I can't speak to the states you've listed, but I've helped to map the
proposed USBR 50 in Ohio and hope to someday map other USBRs once plans move
further along.

ODOT has gotten a number of county parks districts and city councils, going
from west to east, to commit to a specific route and pass a resolution
(based on ACA boilerplate) in favor of a USBR 50 designation. 
However, since ODOT hasn't gotten all the way to the West Virginia state
line, I don't think they've filed an application with AASHTO yet.

Even so, I went ahead and mapped out portions (as a proposed route) where
the local authorities have passed a resolution and posted it online. For the
most part, there's only one path the route could conceivably take: along a
series of popular, paved multi-use paths, most of which are part of regional
route networks already. But I had to leave out downtown Dayton, for example,
because the street-level route there isn't obvious. (I used the resolutions
for evidence that the route has reached this "proposed" stage, but not for
any route maps, due to copyright concerns.)

I hope my approach to mapping proposed USBR 50 in Ohio won't catch anyone by
surprise. In this state at least, Map Maker contributors seem to be much
more proactive/aggressive than OSMers in tagging proposed bike routes. In
any case, one straightforward way to (automatically?) garner the attention
and cooperation of OSM mappers would be to give permission to map finalized
routes using official route descriptions or maps, under the terms of OSM's

Regarding USBR 21, I think it would make sense to keep the route in there
but replace `ref=21` with `ref=UGRR`, reflecting the fact that Nathan
actually mapped the Underground Railroad Route. He did this in Southwest
Ohio already.

Minh Nguyen <mxn at 1ec5.org>
Jabber: mxn at 1ec5.org; Blog: http://notes.1ec5.org/

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