[OSM-talk] Cyclofix project

Morten Lange morten7an at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 9 20:43:06 UTC 2020

Congratulations on a nice project and a useful one !
For a long time I have wished for a user-friendly bicycle repair specific map, including bicycle cafés.

You were soliciting constructive feedback, so here is mine:  What I miss in the Cyclofix project is an easy-to find definition of how you classify the nodes that are to be included in the different map "layers".  Which search is it that produces the bicycle cafés. (And what takes precedence if two or more criteria are fulfilled?)
Do you make a distinction between "pure" bicycle shops  and general sport shops that offer bicycles or  repair of bicycles? 
If you do, the way Cyclofix has decided to differentiate is not self-evident to me, after briefly checking your documentation. I must admit that I did not really consider looking at the source-code  ;-) 
The same goes for bicycle cafés (And public bookcases). In true collaborative fashion and in the spirit of open data, nodes that are to apear on your map should be editable (and addable) also in other tools with predictable results.

I enjoyed testing your solution, and I would have liked to announce it to others.  
But I suppose continued operation of the current site is uncertain?
That fact(?) holds me back a bit.   
Ideally The European Cyclists Federation or even UNEP or some other big organisation would offer to support operations for large traffic loads and continued development for, say, a 10 year period  :-)  

P.S.Digging for some minutes into the code I found this, which does give me clues for how you search for and create bicycle cafés (or pubs really):    https://github.com/pietervdvn/MapComplete/blob/master/Customizations/Layers/BikeCafes.ts

-- Regards / Kveðja / Kila la heri / Hilsen Morten Lange 

     On Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 19:43:38 CEST, Pieter Fiers <pieter at pfiers.net> wrote:  
  Dear OSM community, 
  My name is Pierre Barban. A team composed of three very motivated students, including myself, and lead by two active members of the OSMbe, have been mandated by the region of Brussels, Belgium, to create a map gathering all kind of data related to cycling. Without a doubt, OpenStreetMap was the perfect tool for us to create a powerful platform that would sustain over the years.  
  In the framework of month-long online code camp organized by the non-profit Open Knowledge Belgium, we have been able to establish the first version of the tool, organized a mapathon to collect data, and create a complete website to document the entire making process.  
  In accordance with the OSM core values, it would be very valuable for our project as well as our individual learning process to receive as many constructive comments from the community as possible. If you're interested in more details about the project, we will be giving an online presentation tomorrow July 30, 2020 at 1pm CEST. We will be available to directly discuss after the presentation to receive feedback in order to keep improving our project. Other related project from our program, Open Summer of Code, like the Bike Data Project - which aims to collect and share cyclist commute data in an opened way - will also be presented to you.  
  Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information, 
  thank you for your time and help. 
  Pierre Barban, from the Cyclofix project.
 Sent by Pieter Fiers <pieter at pfiers.net>, another student of the team.
        Pierre Barban 
 University Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris I – Class of 2020
 Masters in Economics of Sustainable Development
 pierre.barban at gmail.com | +33 7 68 72 92 54
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