Adding an activity type to uploaded GPS traces

I would like to suggest adding an activity type field to the GPS traces uploaded to OpenStreetMap. This would allow to differentiate data collected by foot, bike, car, etc. There are many cases where this additional information could come useful but I personally think about two main applications:

  1. Building an overlay with the public GPS traces for each activity type.
  2. Computing popularity measures that could be integrated into open-source routing engines.

I think those two ideas could improve both the mapping and route planning experience. The latter being, I think, a good incentive for the general public to contribute with their GPS data.

I would gladly help implement this proposal, and also create plugins for popular tracking devices or applications to facilitate and automate the upload of their GPS data.

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