The main data source of the komoot map, which is used by the route planner is the open source website OpenStreetMap. If there is an error in the map, like for example a missing street, wrong access permission, or a street which is not accessible by bike, users can correct this error by editing the respective part in OpenStreetMap.
OpenStreetMap is a map built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain map data like roads, trails, cafés, railway stations and other information everywhere in the world. Everybody can contribute to OpenStreetMap and a lot of people benefit from the knowledge of local people. OpenStreetMap shares its data with other websites, apps, and hardware devices, so that people benefit from it as much as possible.
Contributing to OpenStreetMap
If you want to contribute to OpenStreetMap you need to create an account on OSM to start editing. Now you can go to the map, zoom in to the area where you want to make changes and click on the ‘Edit’ button on the top left. This will open the ID editor, a fast and easy-to-use editor for OpenStreetMap. The iD editor also offers a great walkthrough that will teach you the basics of editing on OpenStreetMap.
Hint: When you are in the komoot Route Planner you can use the key combination CTRL (Apple: CMD) + ALT + click on the map to open the corresponding part of the map in OpenStreetMap.
Editing surface, access permission and difficulty information
Each way or street can have certain attributes in OpenStreetMap assigned to it. Attributes can be for example a surface tag (e.g. ‘surface=sand’), a mountain bike classification (e.g. ‘mtb:scale=1’) or access permission (e.g. ‘foot=yes’ or ‘bicycle=yes’).
To add or change this information open the iD editor, zoom in and select the way or street. On the left side you will see the list of existing tags. When you click on the ‘i’ icon next to the tag you will find more information about the tag. You can also add further tags. Once you are done click the ‘Save’ button on the top right corner of the map.
Before you start editing please make yourself familiar with the OpenStreetMap tagging system. Below we linked some relevant features. You can also read about the OSM tags here.
- mtb:scale - the difficulty of trails for mountain biking
- How to tag cycleways
- sac_scale - the difficulty of hiking trails
- surface - information about the surface of ways and roads
- access values - describe the legal access for ways and roads
Add missing paths
To add a new way to OpenStreetMap open the iD editor and click the ‘Line’ button on the toolbar above the map. Afterwards position the mouse cursor where the line should begin and left-click to begin placing nodes along the way. To finish a line click again on the last node. Make sure the beginning end the end of the new way are connected to other ways and tag them correctly.
You can either use satellite imagery or a GPS trace to find where to put the new way. In the iD editor you can drag and drop the .gpx file to the browser window and then draw on top of it it. Note that just uploading the GPS trace does not cause the road to appear on the map, it only helps you to know where to put it.
Having ways and roads connected properly is important for route planning and providing navigation directions. In the iD editor connections between roads are drawn with gray circles. A larger white circle appears around the endpoints of a line if they don't connect to anything. To connect a line to e.g. another road, drag one of the line's nodes onto the other feature until both features snap together and the circle turns gray.
Adding points of interest (POIs)
To add a new point of interest (e.g. restaurants, petrol stations, hotels) to OpenStreetMap open the iD editor and click the ‘Point’ button on the toolbar above the map. Afterwards, position the mouse cursor where the POI should be placed and click. Select the feature type on the left side and add further details like name, address, opening hours or contact information. Once you are done click the ‘Save’ button in the top right corner of the map.
Reporting a mistake or missing feature
If there is a mistake on the map or you miss a street or POI but don't want to change it yourself, you can ask other mappers to do it. When you are on the reporting web page, select the speech bubble icon on the left to add a note or use the arrow to do so. A marker will appear, which you can move to the correct position and type a note to explain the problem.
If you are having problems finding an object, click on the little arrow with the question mark in order to see all tags at a certain place.
Frequency of updates on the komoot map
Your will be visible on OpenStreetMap immediately after you saved them. Before you can see your changes on komoot we need to process the data. Usually we update our map in the route planner every week, but those changes can be delayed for several reasons. It should not take longer than one month for you to be able to see the changes you’ve made on our maps.