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Re: [osm-nyc] Bicycle Parking points

From: Sara-Jayne T.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 8:54 AM
I'm voting for bike rack information. I cycle in the city, and its utterly miserable trying to find somewhere to park my bike without a map. I could check some of the points for midtown.


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----- Reply message -----
From: "Serge" <[address removed]>
To: <[address removed]>
Subject: [osm-nyc] Bicycle Parking points
Date: Wed, Jul 18,[masked]:43 am

Hey all,

I was looking at the map and I noticed that there are a lot of bicycle parking nodes.

It looks like someone did an import under the username "cityracks" in 2009.

Automated imports are generally bad for a bunch of reasons, but one of them is that
oftentimes the data is simply innaccurate.

First, if you're user who made this import is on the list- please speak up, I'd love
to talk to you (and promise I won't come after you with a pitchfork and torch).

Secondly, I'm curious to know what others think:

1. Are these nodes generally accurate- that is are the bicycle parking points where it
says on the map?

2. Is this information useful to the map?

I ask because this reminds me very much of an import I once did in DC from municipal
data. It was an import of trash cans. All the city owned trash cans in DC. (this was before I learned my lesson about how bad imports are).

The import was useless. After doing some ground suveying, I found the information in
it was entirely innacurate, and generally, people didn't care where trash cans were in
the city, so I removed the data from the map, and the result was a generally better map.

If people find the bicycle racks are accurate and useful- then that's awesome. But if
not, I'm inclined to remove it- especially if the data is innaccurate.

- Serge

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