[Talk-us] cycle.travel US bike routing, and unreviewed rural TIGER

Harald Kliems kliems at gmail.com
Sun Jun 14 00:08:12 UTC 2015

Very nice, Richard! One quick comment: I might not be the only who doesn't
always change the tiger:reviewed tag when fixing TIGER-imported roads. I
don't know if that's technically feasible, but maybe it would be better to
check if a way has been modified since import, independent of the
tiger:reviewed tag. I guess you could assign those a slightly lower
priority than the ones that have tiger:reviewed=yes.


On Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 1:38 PM Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net>

> Hi all,
> At State of the Map US last weekend I was really pleased to unveil
> bicycle routing for the US (and Canada) at my site, cycle.travel.
> The planner, at http://cycle.travel/map , will plan a bike route for you
> between any two points - whether in the same city or on opposite sides
> of the continent. It's all based on OSM data but also takes account of
> elevation and other factors.
> I "dogfooded" it with a three-day ride around New York state after
> SOTM-US, and it found me some lovely quiet roads in and around the
> Catskills. I hope it'll be equally useful for the other two-wheelers
> amongst us. There's still a lot I want to add (as detailed at
> http://cycle.travel/news/new_cycle_travel_directions_for_the_us_and_canada
> )
> but I hope you enjoy it.
> Plug aside, there's a couple of things might be relevant to US mappers.
> First of all, I'm aiming high with this - the aim isn't just to make the
> best OSM-powered bike router of the US, but the best bike router full
> stop for commuters, leisure cyclists and tourers. (I leave the
> "athletes" to Strava!)
> Here in Britain, experience over the years has been that good bike
> routing and good bike cartography - historically via CycleStreets and
> OpenCycleMap - are a really effective way of driving contributions to
> OSM. So if you know cyclists who aren't yet contributing to OSM, maybe
> throw this at them - and if it doesn't find the route they'd recommend,
> maybe there's some unmapped infrastructure they could be persuaded to add!
> Second, the routing and cartography both heavily distrust unreviewed TIGER.
> In other words, it won't route over a rural road tagged as
>         highway=residential
>         tiger:reviewed=no
> Any road with tiger:reviewed removed or altered, any road in urban
> areas, and any road with highway=unclassified or greater is assumed to
> be a usable paved road. (There are a few additional bits of logic but
> that's the general principle.)
> Unreviewed rural residentials are shown on the map (high zoom levels) as
> a faint grey dashed line, explained in the key as "Unsurveyed road".
> I've been finding this a really useful way of locating unreviewed TIGER
> and fixing it... it's actually quite addictive. :) Looking for roads
> which cross rivers, or with long sweeping curves, is an easy way of
> identifying quick wins. My modus operandi is to retag 2+-lane roads with
> painted centrelines as tertiary, smaller paved roads as unclassified,
> and just to take the tiger:reviewed tag off paved residential roads.
> Anything unpaved gets a surface tag and/or highway=track.
> I can't promise minutely updates I'm afraid - the routing/map update
> process takes two full days to run so it'll be more monthly than
> minutely. But I hope you find it as useful as I do. You'll see there's a
> tiny little "pen" icon at the bottom right of http://cycle.travel/map
> which takes you to edit the current location in OSM.
> Finally, many thanks to everyone who's tested it so far, particularly
> Steve All - your feedback was and continues to be enormously useful.
> cheers
> Richard
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