The original reason I started editing OpenStreetMap

Posted by FredrikC on 17 October 2020 in English (English)

Today I was able to go back to the original reason I started editing OpenStreetMap. No, it’s not so that local businesses are easier to find. No, it’s not so I can make my mark on the world. It’s because when I was running I kept finding that roads I was going to run on were either non-existent or that they were private.

Today while knocking off a small sub development on the north west corner of DeLand, I found myself following a path that ended in a fence. The route continued on, but it was obviously a private residence.

And so I ended up editing that road, splitting it into a public and private section. I also found a few typos in the street names of the sub development. And I added a sidewalk next to a highway. That way a runner will be able to find a safer way to run the road. (Unless they like running down the side of the road, trying to figure out if the driver coming their way was high or not.)

So today had a nice little set of edits.

Location: DeLand, Volusia County, Florida, United States of America

Comment from jimkats on 17 October 2020 at 22:05

That’s indeed the most frequent reason most people started mapping in OSM. Great job.

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