#139 - Ottawa - pathways

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Preamble: the goal of this task is to add in information about all of the bike paths in Ottawa. In particular, we want to document the width, surface material and plowing status (see instructions). This information would allow us to build new tools as well as expand our current ones.

You can't actually edit the map using this tool (The tasking manager). Instead, this tool marks areas that you are working on in order to co-ordinate the effort. Once you click on the square you can lock it and a "start editing" button will prompt you for an editor of your choice and open the square in that editor.

JOSM is not required. But, if you're new to JOSM and would like to try it, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Click on the remote control icon on the left of the screen, select "Enable remote control" and "Enable HTTPS support" and click OK and follow the instructions in the dialogs. When you click on the link. you'll get a blank screen in your browser, but switch to the JOSM application and you'll see the layer of winter maintained sidewalks. You can close the blank tab in your browser.


Created by zzptichka - Updated - Priority: medium

  Instructions

Entities to Map
footway, pathway, cycleway
Changeset Comment
#ottawa-pathways http://tasks.osmcanada.ca/project/139
When saving your work, please leave the default comment but add what you actually mapped, for example "added buildings and a residential road".

(Optional, but helpful source of additional data) Load GPX layer of all winter maintained sidewalks.

For JOSM click this link. You may need to have some remote settings properly enabled - you'll find troubleshooting support if you Google it.

For iD, once you have chosen your square and started up the editor, load this url as custom map data, which will save to your computer, and then you can upload it into the online iD editor through the "custom map data" menu. Find that layer in the "map data" menu, which is on the lower right side of your screen. Once loaded, you will see pink tracks that indicate approximately where the City will plow. This is not going to affect any tags directly. You may need to toggle this layer on and off to be able to access the underlying ways and edit their tags.

TASK INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. (Optional) If you choose to work in JOSM, add and enable the following filter in the Filter window: (-highway:path & -highway:footway & -highway:cycleway)|(winter_service & surface & width). This hides all non-relevant objects leaving only pathways that are not tagged with winter_service, surface, and width tags. Adding these tags is the main goal of this project.

  2. Using Mapillary plugin, satellite imagery and local knowledge determine the condition of the pathways in the task and assign the following tags when possible:

    • width=0.5|1|1.5|2|3|...
    • surface=asphalt|fine_gravel|gravel|ground|concrete|paving_stones|...
    • smoothness=excellent|good|intermediate|bad|horrible - optional
    • lit=yes|no - optional, if you observe light posts along the path
    • winter_service=yes|no - optional, if you know for a fact that the pathway is plowed in the winter then it's winter_service=yes. If you know that the path has never seen a plow, then it's winter_service=no.
  3. If you are adding winter service tags, refer to pink tracks loaded as extra data as your guide. If your pathway has a pink track running parallel to it then it's supposed to be winter-maintained according to the city. Paths that don't have a pink track may still be maintained by someone else (OC Transpo or a business, for example), so just leave that winter_service field blank. Ctrl+Shift+P will purge these kinds of paths from the data layer so that you won't be distracted by them as you work, but remember to upload any edits before you purge or they will be lost. You can confidently tag any unpaved paths as winter_service = no.

  4. Once you have tagged all pathways with width, winter_service, and surface in your task, upload the data and go to the next square.

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