How can I use the Pedestrian Portal’s Edit tools to add and edit features on the pedestrian network map, as well as view my edits and edits submitted by others?

ON THIS PAGE:  Register/Login  |  Overview Map  |  Edit Attributes  |  Add a Feature  |  My Edits  |  All EditsGuidance

ALSO HELPFUL:  Map Tools  |  Mobile Screens  |  Visual Glossary

Register/Login

All can register to create an account to access the Edit tools here. Once you have an account, login to begin.

Edit the Greater Philadelphia region’s sidewalk inventory.

Overview Map

When you first visit the Edit map, you will see an overview of our region with pedestrian facilities (sidewalks, crosswalks, and curb ramps) shown on the map in blue. You will also see a notice on the screen telling you to ‘Zoom in or search for a location.’ See the Explore help section for more about how to search, zoom/pan, and use the general map tools.

Edit our pedestrian network map to make sure it’s up to date.

Edit Attributes

Once you are zoomed in on a specific location, you can click on the solid blue lines (sidewalks), the dashed blue lines (crosswalks), or the circles (curb ramps) to view and edit details about the feature. A sidebar will open showing editable attributes (to learn more about the attribute terms for pedestrian features, view the visual glossary). When you are done making edits, enter optional notes (to help administrators better understand your edits) and click ‘Save.’ Once saved, the ‘My Edits’ window will display (more below). Edits will be periodically reviewed by administrators and, if approved, they will be included in the regional pedestrian map.

Add Features to the Sidewalk Inventory

Add a Feature

To add a new feature to the map, click on one of the ‘Add’ buttons along the top. You can add a Note, Sidewalk, Crosswalk, or Ramp. Next, click a point on the map where the feature will go. For notes and ramps, click once on the map to add the feature. For sidewalks and crosswalks, click once on the map to start your line, click on another point to draw a line segment, click as needed to draw your line, and double click to end your line. Once your feature is drawn, fill out the relevant attributes in the sidebar at left (to learn more about the attribute terms for pedestrian features, view the visual glossary). When you are done filling out the attributes, enter optional notes (to help administrators better understand your edits) and click ‘Save.’ Once saved, the ‘My Edits’ window will display with a list of your edits (more below). Edits will be periodically reviewed administrators and, if approved, they will be included in the regional pedestrian map.

My Edits to the Sidewalk Inventory

My Edits

Click on the ‘My Edits’ button to view a list of all of the edits you’ve made. Open ‘Filter Edits’ to filter by different parameters and click ‘Apply’ to view a list of filtered edits. Toggle the ‘Show on map’ checkbox to view or hide the edits on the map. Toggle the down arrow beside an edit to view details. Click on an edit in the list to zoom in on and highlight the edited/added feature.

All Edits to the Sidewalk Inventory

All Edits

Click on the ‘All Edits’ button to view a list of all edits made by all users. Open ‘Filter Edits’ to filter by different parameters and click ‘Apply’ to view a list of filtered edits. Click on ‘Search this Area’ to only show edits relevant to the area of the map you are currently viewing. Toggle the ‘Show on map’ checkbox to view or hide edits on the map. Click on an edit in the list to zoom in on the edit’s highlighted location. Toggle the down arrow beside an edit to view details.

Guidance for Editors

Sidewalks

  • Sidewalks are defined as any paved pedestrian path adjacent to, and running primarily parallel to, a road.  All sidewalk lines should be digitized as centerlines of the sidewalk.
  • Within larger islands or medians where there are multiple ramps, all paths should be captured as sidewalk paths. 
  • A sidewalk continues across a driveway or other entrance if the sidewalk material continues and no obvious ramps are present.  
  • Sidewalks should also be added where the sidewalk ends, becoming a non-curbed parking lot often at the same grade as the sidewalk, and continues as a sidewalk or connects to a ramp.
  • The distinction between sidewalks and trails is based on function, and not aesthetics. Nondirect paths that run primarily parallel to adjacent roadways should still be considered sidewalks.
  • Glossary for sidewalk attributes can be found here.

ramps

  • Ramps should be placed within the center of the detectable warning surface or running slope. 
  • Ramps (existing or assumed) are placed at each end of a crosswalk to connect to a sidewalk or to indicate where a sidewalk is missing (proposed ramp).
  • Glossary for curb ramp attributes can be found here.

Crosswalks

  • Marked crosswalks are added wherever a marked crosswalk is present across a roadway. 
  • Unmarked crosswalks should be added across all legs of an intersection where opposing ramps are present unless marked crosswalks are present at the intersection.
  • Unmarked crosswalks are also used when there is a distinct break in the sidewalk or distinct change in surface material to connect two sidewalk segments, along a road, where a vehicle may cross (alleys, commercial entrances, etc.)
  • Glossary for crosswalk attributes can be found here.