January 26th, 2022
OpenStreetMap(OSM) has a wide set of tagging practices, and one I recently stumbled across was for micro-mapping parking spaces.
This tagging practice can be especially useful for accessibility purposes, as individual spaces can be tagged as accessible or not.
I first saw this tagging practice in use from a Redditor who micromapped a mall and mapped the Blaze Pizza/Starbucks parking lot as my first test.
My tagging practice usually follows the same procedure:
1. Tag accessible parking spaces
I use the following tags for accessible spaces
2. Tag the other spaces
For all other spaces, I just use
3. Draw a line around straight edges
4. Straighten edges and delete the line
5. Once the lot is done, add the space details to the main polygon.
Use ctrl+shift+r or cmd+shift+r to force refresh the tiles 1-2 minutes after publishing and you should see your new parking lot on OSM!