[LINK] gps on kids...

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Fri Jan 16 15:18:41 AEDT 2009

However, in a properly FOSS attitude, those who have the devices could
always capture and publish where they've been ... I'd bet with not much
effort a good cycleway map would emerge pretty quickly. Just as long as
you don't let it near the Openstreetmap guys, who (sorry for dumping a
bucket on a popular project) don't much care about data quality ...

(I often wonder why more people don't put their GPS tracks on the
Internet. For example, bushwalkers. Once you've been to Mount Sol with a
GPS, there's no reason not to share the file ...)

BTW, Michael, if you want a bit of a laugh, go to Google Maps - US not
Australia - and run the search:

from: ballarat to: sydney australia

Take particular note of Step 19 ...


Michael Skeggs mike at bystander.net wrote:
> What chance the GPS map would show the cycle route? More likely it
> would direct you to the nearest freeway for the 'quickest' route.
> Regards,
> Michael Skeggs
> 2009/1/16 Antony Barry <tony at tony-barry.emu.id.au>:
>> On 14/01/2009, at 6:22 PM, Birch Jim wrote:
>>> FTR I don't have a GPS and I don't want one.  One thing I do know
>>> is people are very often stupid.  I love figuring out the route myself
>>> and like knowing that I can adapt.
>> Ditto BUT I cycle in Canberra which has an extensive network of off-
>> road cyclepaths and footpaths which mainly run through parkland and
>> very, very little signage. When riding in a new area I sometime find
>> myself say "where the f**k am I?" and have to diverge from the path
>> to find a road sign so I can consult a map. A GPS would be nice which
>> showed me a "you are here" marker . Having to backtrack a few km
>> because you chose the wrong fork in the path is annoying. Yes there
>> IS a cyclepath/footpath map but it seems not every little path is
>> shown clearly.
>> Tony
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