OpenStreetMap Community Mapping Project

Mapping the world is a big job, and it takes more than a few people to get it right! OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free community mapping tool that allows anyone interested to contribute. OSM data is used by OpenTripPlanner (OTP) and thousands of unique sites and devices to power navigation tools around the world. In addition, the project aims to promote new and exciting uses of the data.

The 511NY Rideshare team uses OSM and OTP to deliver current bike routes, multi-modal trip plans, and park and ride lot maps. We contribute to OSM to improve data quality to better serve our members – and you can help too!


We are looking for passionate 511NY Rideshare members to help us improve local OSM data in your community. For example, you can use OSM to look up your local area and correct mistakes or add missing routes - you can even specify if they are for cars, bikes or pedestrians. You can also create entrances and exits into parking lots and add walking paths through parks and neighborhoods.
Below you will find simple instructions on making quick and easy updates in OpenStreetMap based on your experiences and knowledge of your local community. 
Click the links below for guidance on how to make a variety of updates in OSM: