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Almost all roads in Vågsbygd...named

Posted by Jarl Arntzen on 4 August 2012 in English (English)

Spent 2-3 hours bicycling around all of Vågsbygd taking notes of the street signs. Nice and fresh air, pleasant temperature, quite hilly. In all a very good workout.

Now, arguably, these roads are not high priority or frequently used by anyone who's not already very familiar with the roads. I'll probably just go for Kristiansand center next, concentrating on tourist accommodation, restaurants, cafes and sights.

After that, Slettheia is a good candidate for road naming and a new 2 hour workout.

Comment from Gnonthgol on 5 August 2012 at 10:52

Wow, that looks great. You have gotten a lot of information that is impossible to get with satelite imagery. It will not be long untill Kristiansand is better mapped then it was before.

Great work.

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Comment from Xapitoun on 6 August 2012 at 09:17

For me,

mapping the roads even if nobody used them is important too. In cities, there are more people who can mapped OSM. So, sometimes I prefer concentrate me in rural roads, it is fun.

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Comment from Jarl Arntzen on 7 August 2012 at 21:15

@Xapitoun: Well, I'm actually a completionist too, and I do really agree that we need to map all roads, both in cities and in the countryside.

As an example, during our vacation there were a couple of occations where we strayed from the path into unmapped territory in some of the cities. Since the GPS arrow still snaps to the nearest road, it took a little while for us to first figure out that we were actually not on a mapped road and then after that wind our way back on to the good path.

BTW: The iPad has a very poor GPS receiver. It's good enough for navigation but for tracking, the points might end up even 120 meters from the real position. (I normally use my HTC Desire but it does not want to talk to the SD card at the moment) Anyone got similar experiences?

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Comment from Vincent de Phily on 8 August 2012 at 08:46

Good for you :) Mapping on a bike is probably the most pleasurable way to do so. It gives you an extra incentive to go out, and takes you places you've never been to.

An of course countryside mapping is as valuable as in the city. A holey map is a map that people won't trust, and on the contrary if people see a well-mapped remote area, they'll get a better opinion of OSM. We need more rural mappers, sadly technology-inclined people who are likely to map are also likely to live in cities.

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