OpenStreetMap Tips: Make sure bike paths and streets intersect

Use JOSM to add a node connecting a bike path and a street, so software that gives directions knows how to direct bicyclists from their home onto the path.

Use JOSM to add a node connecting a bike path and a street, so software that gives directions knows how to direct bicyclists from their home onto the path.

When mapping bike paths in OpenStreetMap, it’s crucial to add a node where they cross streets. This way routing software knows how to get bicyclists from paths onto streets and from streets onto the paths.

In iD, the default OpenStreetMap editor on the website, double click on one of the lines near where they need to intersect. Click the new node that appears and drag it to the second line. The second line will become highlighted and your cursor will change. Let go and the intersection is complete!

In JOSM it’s easy, too: press “A” and click where the path and street visually intersect. It will grab both lines and create an intersecting node.

This tip also applies to mapping foot paths, sidewalks, and equestrian trails.

Steven Vance

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