Putting tranist, footways, and bicycle trails on the map
OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you.
OpenStreetMap creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.
The map isn't finished yet, but we do have complete coverage of some places (wherever we have been mapping most enthusiastically). People and commercial companies have already begun putting this data to good use.
How to Map:
We are getting out from behind our computer screens and surveying the towns and countryside to create OSM maps. This is very much a community mapping effort. Contributors use wiki-style collaborative editing software to support this, which means that OSM maps will keep growing bigger and better. If you have a GPS unit you can contribute any tracks you have recorded. Contributors are also able to derive maps from the USGS and Bing Aerial Imagery. You can start editing OSM maps straight away using the online "Potlatch" editor, or download the JOSM desktop application.
Putting Transit on the Map:
Adding multi-use facilities such as footways, bus stops, stations, park & ride locations might provide a path for transit patrons as well as additional tools for transportation planners. One of the most fundamental contributions that you can make to OpenStreetMap is to add such amenities.
Such detail-mapping has led commercial-based map providers like Google Maps to follow. With your help, it won't be long before our maps will have not only roads, but sidewalks and trails as well!
Disclaimer: The Transit Coalition will not be held liable for services rendered by OpenStreetMap.
The Transit Coalition is an entirely grassroots campaign, supported by the time and resources given by concerned citizens. With your support, you help us expand the common knowledge of where multi-use trails go.
The Transit Coalition is a non-profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501[c](3) of the Internal Revenue Service.
The Transit Coalition are not affiliated with any public entity or private organization.
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