The Geometry of Mobility: Curb Management and OSM

Saturday, 3:15 PM – 20 min
Christopher Beddow, D. Waltersdorfer

The curb is the crucial link between maps and mobility–getting from point A to point B requires knowing where parking, disability access, drop-off zones, or share lanes are located. Managing the use of the curb can help improve mobility services, OpenStreetMap can affect how these groups relate to the curb and to one another in map-based applications and services. What exactly can OSM’s role in curb management be? How can mapping the curb be beneficial? Why should we care?

This talk will tackle how putting the curb on the map for improving mobility in the physical world also means the community needs to consider the details of the curb in the digital world. To explore further, this talk will brainstorm and tackle various on-going questions and issues such as: what should the geometry of the curb look like? Is it a series of points representing curb regulations, or lines showing where the curb is located? What relations does it have? How should its attributes be tagged? How can this be compatible with outside uses? We talked to a variety of groups and community members with insight on this topic in order to give a better look at the way forward.