OSM Basics

you should split the section that should be ‘foot = no’ by leftclicking the street and then rightclick the nod where the split should occur. Use the scissors symbol to split the road. All tagging wil stay intaxct, but you can add the foot = no tag for that section only, and the rest say as it is. During the next CS update with OSM data, the nodes in your pic on the left will still be there, and the ones on your right(where you put foot = no) will be not there anymore in CS


Behind OpenStreetMap is the OSM Foundation. If you wish to get involved more heavily in the OSM and vote on various issues, you need to be a member of the Foundation.

There are two ways to become a member. Send them money, or make edits to the map.

If you want to send them money, membership is £15/year. There’s are two membership classes, Normal and Associate. There are strange legal differences between these two classes of membership, but since I’m not a lawyer I can’t figure them out. I suppose they make sense to an English lawyer.

The other way to become a member is to be an active contributor. The easiest way to become an active contributor is to have at least 42 mapping days in the last 365 days or equivalent. Equivalent isn’t well defined; you need to justify your membership to them.

I just recently became a member of the Foundation as an active contributor. According to their records, as of today I’ve had 73 mapping days and 132 change sets since I made my account last November. I find OSM to be somewhat addicting. After you start editing streets, you start adding paths, adding businesses, and fixing stuff that changed years ago. It’s not hard to get 42 mapping days; that’s less than once a week.

Hey, maybe you too will become a member of the OSM Foundation.

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with almost 500 mapping days and 89K changsets, i am a fervent mapper. So let’s go a step further. We’ll see what membership brings.

Damn i am even in the top 50 mappers in my country. Didn’t know that. Thanks for this insights


Not sure if this is the correct place in the forum but here goes:
In the netherlands we have a lot of “Cycle path” as type in OSM.
Would it be an idea to include them into CS?
Several places you actually must run on this path when the main road is for cars only.
Sure @petje will recognize this and may elaborate on this as he is more experienced in OSM.

True that cyclepaths are significantly part of the cities, especially in NL. Seeing the goal of this site is mapping all streets within a city border, i know a lot of situations where cyclepaths have nothing to do with streets coverage in a city.
Yes sometimes a cyclepath is runnable and the near street isn’t, but in my experience that means running that cyclepath will also cover the nodes of the street you can’t actual run on.

One unofficial tip from my side, go run on times during the day that have empty streets, then it’s possible to get ‘not runnable roads’ nodes. On a very early sunday morning i was for instance able to get a large roundabout on an industrial area. :upside_down_face: (you didn’t hear it from me, each on your own risk)

When a street is really unrunnable, i change OSM. period

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Indeed, sometimes the nodes on the main road get hit anyway but not on some dual carriage ways. On these I put foot=use_side path in OSM if there is a cycle path. Then I thought, maybe the cycle paths could be included in CS.

Not a big thing, just a thought.

(And indeed, it is sometimes fun to cross the street to get the node; why did the citystrider cross the street? :wink: )


There is a stretch of US Hwy 1 that goes through Kittery Maine that has a very large outdoor outlet mall on each side of it. There are nice sidewalks and people walking up and down it constantly. In OSM it is listed as a “Primary Road”, which I think is the reason it’s nodes do not show up on CityStrides. It does indicate yes on foot access. Is there a way to make this strip show up in this situation? This feels like a road that should exist in city strides and it has 3 or 4 different ways to enter and exit it onto various residential streets (so this is not a segment detatched from the rest.) If it matters the speed limit is 25 mph.

It is the orange road here: OpenStreetMap

There is also an automated tutorial at OSM. As I recall, once you sign up, it will ask if you would like to see it.

If not, see this: Interactive tutorial to getting started editing OSM - OSM Help

I found it very helpful.

Got totally confused trying to edit in OSM, so just left some comments, hopefully someone will pick them up! Think I’ll spend my time helping develop Citystrides rather than fiddling in OSM

@JamesChevalier , it seems that the roads I changed to foot=use_side path are still included in CS? My local OSM guru doesn’t want me to put dual carriage ways to foot=no when there is a side path because that will mess up route-planning, which makes sense. But the road is to wide to hit the nodes while running on the side-path. For example here: Groenezoom in Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland - CityStrides

Streets with foot=use_sidepath are included in CS, which is correct in my view. Mostly the sidepath is so close to the street that you catch the nodes, and it’s correct to say you ran this street, even if you’re on the sidepath and not the actual street

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And if it is too wide, you run the other side of the road!

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Unfortunately both your suggestions won’t work for these two roads I am encountering. As it is dual carriage, maybe I will be allowed to put the lane that is unreachable by foot to foot=no in OSM.

That would be a great compromise, if the Way records are built that way in OSM.

I’ve run a single road like this.
Just run it an early sunday morning at 5 a.m.


@8f7162110d9eeaf907ab I just wanted add a note of thanks for the inclusion of the overpass turbo query link. I’m living in a new, dynamic, area and it is very useful to find missing OSM info (street names / access settings) that would have impacted my striding.

Hopefully all we Striding OSMers are making use of it. The hit count seems to say yes!

Hi @ericjrw, glad you’re finding it useful! I should probably update the query to reflect changes in what’s included, it’s likely out of date by now :sweat_smile:

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Oh, and also making sure my changes are working as intended!

And I was wondering if it was up to date. I made a mental note to look, but forgot.

I’m not seeing the edit tab on my OSM account… I’m using an Android phone, could that be the issue?

I don’t think the id editor (the default when you press edit on OSM) really works on mobile so it might be disabled. I do not see it either. There are some Android apps built for specific purposes, but unless that matches exactly with what you want, the experience is clunky at best. I would recommend using a laptop or desktop so you can use id on the website (advised) or josm as a standalone application (more powerful still, but a higher learning curve).

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