Talk:Public transport geohash achievement

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Must the geohash be reached _solely_ by transit, or can the person walk, unicycle, skateboard or hitchhike to reach points beyond the reach of transit? In other words, is this achievement available only when a geohash falls exactly on a transit line or at a transit stop?

I think it should apply to using public transit as the primary means of travel to the hashpoint, even if the geohasher has to walk a few kilometres beyond the stop in order to reach it. Robyn 04:03, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Going by ferry would only count as water if the geohash itself is at a point covered by water. If crossing water were the only criterion every hash in my graticule would be a water geohash! Robyn, 23 July 2008

Agreed, you can't just take a boat for part of the travel. I changed PTG and WG to better explain that. But a ferry should count as "mass transit", even if it's not literally public transportation. So a taxi doesn't count, but, say, Amtrak would, if the geohash is on the line or in/near a station and you get off the train there. -- Jevanyn
Excellent. We're agreed on water hashes. I'm okay with trains, too. And sure a ferry is mass transit, but it's more like a bridge than a bus. I mean, you drive your car onto a ferry. Maybe if you walk or bike onto the ferry that would qualify. I suspect we just need an entirely separate "ferry" achievement. -Robyn 18:04, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

So, just to be clear... I took the train to my last hash, but cycled from the station to the hash point, which was a total of perhaps 10-15km of cycling. Is that a valid PTG? --macronencer 12:41, 9 August 2009 (UTC)

Though the definition isn't exactly clear here, I'm sure noone will seriously object. You can never make the entire way by public transport. (Ok, I was able to reach a hash without leaving the train once, but I still had to get to the station first ;-)) The point of this achievement is basically that you did not use any means of motorized individual transport like car, motorcycle or private helicopter; but went by public transport instead. IMHO a bike is a totally legal way to cover the missing part from the station or bus stop to the actual hash. It wouldn't count for the bicycle geohash achievement, though, because that requires to go all the way by bike. --Ekorren 13:22, 9 August 2009 (UTC)
That all seems very fair and reasonable - thanks! I'll give myself the ribbon this time then. I hope one day to get a bicycle geohash too, but usually they are too far and I am still too unfit to cycle that far. One day I will manage it! :) --macronencer 13:53, 9 August 2009 (UTC)

Clarifying the definition

Could we change the definition to clarify the topics discussed? I agree that walking or biking for some distance should count as long as public transport is used for most of the way. And I would also say that any use of cars, taxis and other motorized individual transport should invalidate this. Does everybody agree on this? --HiroProtagonist 03:14, 15 November 2010 (UTC)