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Get GPX traces of local bus routes.

I'm not quite comfortable enough with mapping to update the bus routes, but GPX traces would be good for others, right?

@lesbianhacker
Exactly
Share them and they will be used to update the map 👍

@lesbianhacker
Yes, please! Once you have them, share them with the community. We'll help you create these routes.

Have you ever heard of #junglebus and their mobile app? It might help you improve your bus network further :)

wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Ju

@roptat ooooh, I can add another app to my arsenal lmao

JungleBus looks cool, I'll look into it.

Thanks! And I'm glad that people from outside of my local area are eager to help, because there's like 3 active users in 200 miles 😅

@roptat for some reason, the Jungle Bus app doesn't show any of the bus stops that have been mapped locally on OSM

@lesbianhacker
Maybe it doesn't recognize them? How are they tagged? I'm not a Jungle Bus dev so I probably can't help you too much, but it seems to be working in my city.

@roptat

Looks like they're all missing the "highway:bus_stop" tag, they're all just labeled as platforms next to POIs marking where the bus stops

@lesbianhacker @Doudouosm
I know what you mean about bus routes in #OpenStreetMap, they're a little too complicated for me! Taking GPS traces can be good, but you'd have to make sure you document them, so people know it is a bus route, the number etc. If you're sitting on the bus taking a trace, you can add other bus related mapping, like where the bus stops are, does the stop have a shelter, bench, tactile paving, etc.

@lesbianhacker @Doudouosm Do you know about #Mapillary & #OpenStreetCam? It's #OSM's Google StreetVIew. If you're taking a GPS trace, why not take photos with them? It will record a GPS trace that's uploaded, but the photos will be very helpful to bus (& other) mappers!

@rory

I know about Mapillary, and I think I've heard of OpenStreetCam before. I've uploaded a GPX trace before, I used to map it.

I think I can embed images in that GPX trace, too? Not 100% sure.

I prefer to sign up for as few services as possible lol

@lesbianhacker You might be able to include an image in a GPX file (It /could/ be an extensible format!) *But* what are you going to do with that then?

You can upload a GPX trace to #OpenStreetMap , but that definitly doesn't do anything with images.

If you don't want to upload images, you could just make lots of #OSM Notes? "Here is bus stop 123 on route 45, there is a shelter and electronic passenger display" You can do that with an OSM account or anonymously, and other OSM mappers can see

@rory Jungle Bus was recommended to me, and it let's you create bus stops and update them (so long as the existing ones are tagged as highway=bus_stop). I've been taking geotagged photos of other things and adding the info at home as I scroll through my phone, it's not fast but it's effective. Doesn't help other mappers much, though

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