Yesterday I posted a tutorial that describes how to add bike racks to OpenStreetMap, complete with screenshots.

It turns out my directions are needlessly complex. I didn’t know this, but the OSM edit tool supports drag and drop, which eliminates about three of the steps and screenshots in my tutorial. Thank you to Andy Allan for that helpful tip. Andy is responsible for Open Cycle Map.

On a related note, don’t miss Commute By Bike’s interview with MapQuest Open Data Initiative product manager Antony Pegg.

Finally, I noted a bug in MapQuest’s bike routing algorithm about two weeks ago — their routing software would not send bikes over certain pedestrian bridges. I see now that this has been fixed. Good job!


  • December 17, 2010 - 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Sweet. Think there will ever be a mobile app that can use your gps coordinates for either infrastructure or routing?

  • December 17, 2010 - 7:08 pm | Permalink

    @Luke – You’re reading my mind 🙂 I’m thinking of writing an Android version of this mapping app.

    In the UK (where most OSM activity seems to take place), there’s this cycle parking heat map.

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