Differentiate private and public roads on Gaia Topo map

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    slevine57

    Definitely need to differentiate private from public!  I was ordered off a private section (without any signs) while walking my dog today.  Very frustrating that I can't tell the difference on Gaia.

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    Mark Groeneveld

    Another issue I found is that in the American west, public roads will often cross private property. The land-owners often falsely claim that the road is their property too. Private locks on public roads are unfortunately common. It's quite difficult to tell which road is actually public or private.

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    Melanie

    Hi @slevine57 & @Mark Groeneveld,

    Gaia Topo, as well as several other of our sources in the app, are based on OpenStreetMap (OSM) data, an Open-source and public mapping project. This means anyone can add trails & roads to the OSM database. 

    We recently implemented some styling changes to make trails marked "no access" and "access=private" more obvious on the Gaia Topo map source.  You can see the updated legend here: https://static.gaiagps.com/legends/gaiatopov2_legend.png


    However, if the access permissions are not properly set in OpenStreetMap the trails & roads will not show up properly on the Gaia Topo map.

    If there is a road or trail that doesn't have the correct  "no public access" styling,  please contact support so we can investigate further.

    Additionally, you can contribute to OSM in order to make edits to the map. Read more about this and find instructions here: Contribute to OpenStreetMap 

    If you decide to contribute any updates to OpenStreetMap, you'll see the changes in Gaia GPS in two to three weeks.

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