Make a KML-File from an OpenStreetMap Trail

September 26, 2014

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Ever wished to use a trail on OSM on your GPS or smartphone? With this neat little R-Script this can easily be done. You’ll just need to search OpenStreetMap for the ID of the trail (way), put this as argument to osmar::get_osm, convert to KML and you’re good to go!

# get OSM data

rotewandsteig <- get_osm(way(166274005), full = T)
sp_rotewandsteig <- as_sp(rotewandsteig, what = "lines")

# convert to KML
kmlLine([email protected][[1]], kmlfile = "rotewandsteig.kml",
lwd = 3, col = "blue", name = "Rotewandsteig")

# view it

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