Differentiate private and public roads on Gaia Topo mapAnswered
Where I am in Idaho there are a lot of roads on the map that are actually private roads, some gated, some not. I know openstreetmap has some of this information in it's database. Could Gaia start differentiating between public and private roads?
The other day I spent a few hours driving to a river crossing that was on the map, only to find it was blocked by a private property gate.
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.
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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