[OSM-talk] Teaching cyclists how to contribute to OSM

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 20 00:28:07 UTC 2020

Locally in Ottawa many paths are multiuse there is a path many kilometers
long along the Ottawa river that has a line marked down the center and is
very much used by cyclists but according to NCC who own the path it is
multi-use not bicycles only so is mapped highway=path.  Most City of Ottawa
paths are the same, bicycles are permitted but they are not cycleways.

I worked with City of Ottawa bicycle specialist on this starting on why one
path in a park was marked as a bicycle path whilst another in the same park
of identical width was not.  Eventually we arrived at all paths except
those that are marked no bicycles are multiuse paths ie bicycles are

Multiuse means skateboards, wheelchairs, skis  etc.  We had 25 cms of snow
today and many paths are not ploughed.  There aren't many conventional
bicycles that can use the paths under these conditions.

Cheerio John

On Sun, 19 Jan 2020 at 18:42, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 5:06 PM James <james2432 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Bike advocacy group in Ottawa created this:
>> https://github.com/BikeOttawa/OSM-Bike-Ottawa-Tagging-Guide/blob/master/README.md
>> as well as a crowd sourced map like the one for winter bike trails that
>> allows a user to submit if a path is winter maintained or not, it will then
>> update OSM in the back end: maps.bikeottawa.ca
> Did notice an error.  It's suggesting a cycleway with a sidewalk be tagged
> as highway=path instead of highway=cycleway.
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