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Waze called out for directing drivers onto closed roads in parks

Popular navigation app potentially putting park users at risk with inaccurate routing

The Royal Parks have publicly contacted popular navigation app Waze to stop them from directing motorists down closed roads in parks.

The charity, which looks after London's eight Royal Parks, Tweeted Waze on Saturday morning stating they "would like to talk to someone about several of the reasons you [sic] we'd prefer you not directing drivers down closed roads in a park, what's the best way to reach you please?"

The Tweet was accompanied by a screengrab that showed a route directing drivers through Richmond Park, which is a renowned hotspot for cyclists in the English capital. 

After stating initially that they would look into the matter, Waze then admitted their error citing 'a temporary glitch' after The Royal Parks posted a second example of the incorrect routing:

Waze Tweet

 

The Tweets caused concern with many social media users however, who criticised both Waze and The Royal Parks themselves for not doing more to alleviate the problem.

The Department of Parks & Recreation told The Royal Parks: "We welcome your engagement with routing providers, although we think you should tell the providers not to route through the park at all."

Merton Cycling Campaign also felt the charity were not entirely blameless: "You're enabling this. You own the problem. Just close the gates to through traffic as responsible stewardship of a national nature reserve during a climate emergency requires."

Calls for The Royal Parks to close the gates to Richmond Park were repeated by several further users, while 'Marty Velo' asked the question "why have you guys not tried to get in touch with them since the app was released years ago? It's a bit late now isn't it? The parks are overrun with dangerous ratrunning drivers."

And a 'Madeleine Baines' also noted Google maps were guilty of the problem:

Google Maps Richmond Park

 

Have you experienced similar issues with your local park? Let us know in the comments section below.  

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joe9090 | 2 years ago
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I cycle obvs, but also drive, and use Waze, and honestly it is one of my favourite apps so I am not sure the vilification should be aimed at them, they use open sourced or publicly available route data after all (now owned by Googlebeast?).

Also the people who live on the main route in that map are probably as sick of the traffic flowing past their windows as the cyclists are getting close passed. 
There need to be less single occupancy private cars on the road and less often. 

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Hirsute replied to joe9090 | 2 years ago
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It's a park though, so there arent any people who live there.

 

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AlsoSomniloquism | 2 years ago
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It is a shame that Waze had the problem pointed out to them. If their re-directions were shown to be shit to the drivers coming to a dead end, maybe less people would use them and their would be less rat-running going on. 

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mdavidford | 2 years ago
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road.cc wrote:

The Tweets caused discern with many social media users

Can't even work out what word you meant to write here?

Dismay? Discord? Concern?

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eburtthebike replied to mdavidford | 2 years ago
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mdavidford wrote:
road.cc wrote:

The Tweets caused discern with many social media users

Can't even work out what word you meant to write here?

Dismay? Discord? Concern?

Just the latest in a series of recent bizarre gaffes by the editor; have the adults left the kids in charge?

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IanGlasgow | 2 years ago
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"Have you experienced similar issues with your local park? Let us know in the comments section below."

Glasgow City Council are responsible for a lot of stupid shit, but they've resolved this issue by closing the road through my local park (Kelvin Way) to motor vehicles.

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