District of Columbia
This page serves as the primary resource for editors of the District of Columbia region. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this district might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or district refer to the community links below.
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District of Columbia is a part of the Mid Atlantic region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in the District of Columbia region, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.
The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.
These are official sources of information that can be used in the editor, in the form of downloadable PDFs or interactive GIS maps.
The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to the District of Columbia region.
- District of Columbia section of Waze forum
- The Mid Atlantic region forum
- The USA section of Waze Forum
- The USA segment unlock requests
New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.
Cities and towns
One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).
Washington is the only city in the District of Columbia and it spans the entire area. All street segments in the District should have "Washington" as the city name, without exception.
The primary reference for road types is the District's Functional Classification Map.
The speed limit on all streets in the District of Columbia, unless otherwise posted, is 25 mph. Relatively few streets are otherwise posted, and most of those are main arterials that are classified as Major Highway or Minor Highway for Waze purposes.
The District of Columbia region follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.
- Alleys should always be mapped if they have a name.
- Alleys should always be mapped if they are the sole access to a home or business.
- Alleys should always be set to "Private"
- Alleys are normally mapped if they are acknowledged by the municipality.
If an alley does not meet the above criteria, mapping is optional. Leave the name field blank.
Many road closures in the District are posted on the "Advisories" tab on the DDOT website at http://www.dc.gov/ddot
However, there are numerous agencies with jurisdiction over various roads and streets in the District. Accordingly, not all road closures are announced through a common information source.
Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:
Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.
When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.
Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in the District of Columbia region.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, red light and speed cameras are legal districtwide in the District of Columbia region.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
In the District of Columbia, their are seven different types of traffic enforcement cameras. Below is a table containing each type of camera and how it should be mapped.
|Camera Type||Icon Used|
|Traditional Speed Cameras||Speed Camera|
|Speed Cameras at Intersections||Speed Camera|
|Traditional Red Light Cameras||Red Light Camera|
|Gridlock Cameras||Red Light Camera|
|Stop Sign Cameras||Red Light Camera|
|Pedestrian Right of Way Cameras||Red Light Camera|
|Oversized Vehicle Cameras||Not Mapped|
Reference the DC MPD Automated Traffic Enforcement page to verify camera locations.
To do list
Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.
This district does not currently have an active "to do" list at this time. Check in the District of Columbia section of the Waze forums to discuss creating one.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in the District of Columbia region. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers the District of Columbia region, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in the District of Columbia region, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for the District of Columbia region is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this district and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|District of Columbia — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): CBenson ( ) and ply8808 ( )
| Country Managers (Mid Atlantic region)|
|District Managers (Mid Atlantic region)|
|russblau(5) [ ]||Districtwide||Also Area Manager for Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax|
|Nimbus-(4) [ ]||Districtwide||Also Area Manager for Northern Virginia|
| Area Managers |
|jr1982jr(3) [ ]||Northeast Washington DC|
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