[Talk-us] USBRS WikiProject seeks volunteers

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Thu Jan 2 15:07:34 UTC 2014


I'm interested in working 66 current and future routes in Oklahoma and
Tulsa/Fort Smith/Ponca City-adjacent regions of Kansas, Missouri and
Arkansas; possibly slightly farther out than that depending on how well I
know the land.


On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM, stevea <steveaOSM at softworkers.com> wrote:

> OSM's USBRS WikiProject (see http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/
> wiki/WikiProject_U.S._Bicycle_Route_System) seeks volunteers to help map
> new proposed United States Bicycle Routes.  Please see the Proposed Routes
> section of that wiki, a reference and status report for the project.  Right
> now,
>
> USBR 10 in Washington state
> USBR 11 in Virginia
> USBR 30 in Wisconsin
> USBRs 35, 36 and 50 in Indiana
> USBR 66 in California, New Mexico and Oklahoma
> USBR 76 in Wyoming and
> USBR 90 in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana
>
> are emerging proposed routes.  Very helpful would be additional
> experienced OSM volunteers, comfortable editing OSM relations, to create
> and/or improve the proposed bicycle routes in these areas, largely by
> adding route members to a new relation from a soft-copy map or text
> description of the proposed route.
>
> If you wish to help build our national bicycle network in OSM, please
> contact Kerry Irons of the Adventure Cycling Association, a long-time
> contributor to these talk-us pages.  Kerry will match you with a route, and
> email-introduce you to a statewide USBR coordinator -- your primary contact
> -- who provides route data for you to enter into OSM.  Meanwhile, the wiki
> page offers any necessary OSM technical guidance, as well as acts as a
> progress reporting mechanism. Volunteer stevea in California (
> steveaOSM at softworkers.com) is acting OSM coach and wiki maintainer on the
> project, please cc: him on your USBR coordinator emails.
>
> It is important to communicate your intentions, progress and completions
> via email or preferably wiki.  The project has established process and
> enjoys new growth by asking widely for additional volunteers, so please pay
> attention to the many moving parts by keeping the communication flowing
> where it needs to.  (Get route data from a state USBR coordinator, update
> your progress in the wiki or send email to stevea to do so).  USBRS is
> nearly 10,000 kilometers and has momentum to grow to 20,000 in the
> medium-term future.  Help out by adopting a route near you!
>
> Though this work isn't difficult, each route might take a few hours of
> effort starting with a few emails.  After you add a proposed route to OSM,
> one reward is to see the dashed red lines of a proposed USBR blossom in
> Cycle Map layer.  Other rewards happen for on-the-ground participants
> (cities, counties, state DOTs, the public, stakeholders, bicycle coalition
> groups...), who see the newly proposed route in our plastic, widely
> available map.  This encourages consensus of the proposed route to emerge
> in a geographically friendly way, facilitating harmonious progress towards
> AASHTO approval.  Then, once a route is approved by AASHTO, its
> "state=proposed" tag is simply deleted in OSM.
>
> To begin your contributions to this OSM WikiProject, email Kerry on
> irons54vortex at gmail (dot) com.  Put "USBR mapping in OSM" in the Subject
> line and tell him where you like to map.  Thank you!
>
> (Kerry and I worked on this volunteer solicitation together -- it very
> much comes from not just him but from both of us.)
>
> SteveA
> California
>
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