Improving Google Maps for Ōtepoti Dunedin

A recent chat on the Cycle community advocacy arm of Biking in Dunedin raised the issue of Google Maps being a bit rubbish for cycling in Ōtepoti Dunedin:

Well, we can fix it - and quite easily, too.

Via Desktop

Simply visit Google Maps with the Biking filter on, click on the sidebar (reveal using the hamburger in the top left of the Maps page) and then Edit the map. You’ll get this modal:

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Via Mobile

In the Google Maps app, simply hit + Contribute and then Edit map (thanks Jessica):

Add or fix a road has been the one that has worked well for me. I’ve found them to be surprisingly responsive - especially if you include some solid evidence. It typically takes a week or so to change.

The only downside to doing this is that it is ‘locked’ in Google’s ecosystem, and will never make it to Apple maps or more open systems. But you can’t win them all!

I’d encourage us all to have a crack at it. Many hands make light work!

Closing this loop, I’ve been very disappointed to discover that Google Maps seems to have become very slow at responding to map change requests.

I still have had zero response to my suggestions from almost 2 months ago. If that doesn’t chill one’s enthusiasm, I’m not sure what will!