While mapping in #Brussels I needed to have a look at 2009 aerial imagery. (I was looking at some elements that are covered by a roof and back then that roof hadn’t been built)
Not related to this, I realized that 10 years ago buses in Brussels were painted in flashy yellow and blue. Whereas nowadays they have a dull gray colour.
Large gaps in this structure are parks, pedestrian areas and existing living streets. Those do not change, of course.
#Brussels city centre becomes a huge "living street" area (20-kph) effective tomorrow.
This is aimed at slowing down traffic and allowing pedestrians to use the whole public space, making physical distancing easier.
It will last 3 months, possibly a little more. I updated everything in #OpenStreetMap, and added "description:covid19" tags to explain its temporary nature and keep the former highway type. That will make it easier to revert after the summer.
I’m done! 😃✌️
18 routes, 40 route relations, 660 platforms, and 697 stop position nodes. Everything is correct and validates properly.
Those days I am reviewing the whole tram network in #Brussels.
Mapping the network was one of the first tasks I did in OSM, about 4 years ago. But I was still learning, and did not realize some tags were wrong. 😔 Now it’s time to clean it up, ensure every platform gets the right tags, get rid of old stuff and also check the location of every stop against aerial imagery.
It’s a big network: 18 lines and 622 stops. I am about half-way done. 🤞
Over the past years I have been patiently measuring platforms of each of the 69 subway stations in Brussels to draw them in OSM.
Some of them are really beautiful structures on multiple floors.
Earlier this week, a new mapper decided he should "simplify" all this. He erased most of my work or created a real mess with iD, joining nodes from different floors, redrawing some platforms and more. And iD also has very creative "fixes". 🙄
I am busy reverting this. Wish me luck.
Well, it works fine again. 👍
I suppose they had a problem the other day when regenerating their overlay.
This new "opening_hours:covid19" key seems to be quite popular, in only a few days.
Only in France, obviously.
Some French people set up a website to show whether amenities and shops remain open during the lockdown, in most cases with revised opening hours.
They also have suggested adding an "opening_hours:covid19" key to make it easy to derive information from OSM. With the added benefit that people won’t erase existing opening hours.
There is a nice initiative going on in our local community.
1) Fill "name:etymology:wikidata" within #openstreetmap for all streets named after a person.
2) Match this data with Wikipedia’s data, especially whether that famous person is male or female.
3) Show the % of streets named after male or female characters.
Every now and then, we find this: a new user in OSM abusing the "name" tag. (User created patches of grass and a cycle track and described what they are… in the name tag.)
This is probably because iD has a prominent box for the name tag for almost everything.
I routinely make Overpass queries to spot mistakes like this in my area. Seems I will have to add more queries (e.g. a patch of grass AND a name → warning).
Simple hack for #JOSM here to an everyday problem.
I was trying to reorder bus route relations. It’s a long road with a complicated layout. JOSM will show you the same name multiple times, it’s an error-prone situation.
My solution: renaming the ways by adding a prefix. Then, ordering the routes becomes quite simple.
Do not forget to restore the names before uploading the changeset.
I am sharing this story, in case it might be useful for someone.