QGIS2Web and the Hunt for Bike Lanes

Jan 29, 2024 | GIS, QGIS

I was teaching a QGIS class a while back and at one point the discussion drifted into “So this OpenStreetMap thing” and I discussed how I enjoy making edits. Eventually it turned to “I’m trying to get Chattanooga’s Bike Lanes into it in my spare time”. One thing led to another and I had the chance to virtually meet some people that new about the bike lanes.

So I was wrong on what I was calling bike lanes and what my city calls a bike lane. If you read here I discussed an initiative a long time ago on making Bike lanes using OSM. We inadvertently tagged the lanes with a new key/value and as I’ve been slowly working on several projects I discovered routes. I also realized I needed to remove the Key/Values

I am now embarking on an effort to clean up my mistakes and the mistakes we made like 12 years ago. How am I keeping up with it? QGIS2Web, QuickOSM, and Github. What am I doing? Well I go make some edits using JOSM. I then use QuickOSM to grab those edits and put them in QGIS. I then use QGIS2Web to make a web map that lives in Github.

What is QGIS2Web? It’s been around for a bit. You take small projects and make a leaflet or open layers map. So I did leaflet and pushed it up to a github page.

You worry about layers and appearance and spit out a folder of assorted html/java/and symbology. It’s pretty simple. It’s too simple I wouldn’t push out a huge project. Something small where you need to convey or share out the data works great. As you build out your map you get a preview on the right. If you don’t have a website – Github works great.

If you go back and look at my earlier blog post you’ll see that there are bike lanes everywhere. I don’t have that much because I’m going back and correcting OSM. It will soon be close to correct as the weeks progress and I get more time to work on it.

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