Since I first heard of them, the concept of Trap Streets was a fascinating one for me. The idea that these thoroughfares exist on maps but not in reality is an appealing one. I’m not the only one - author China Miéville features Trap Streets in several of his works.
It occurred to me this morning that Google Maps aerial and street views would reveal these streets for what they were - lies. A quick search turned up a likely candidate via the Open Streetmap Wiki, the interestingly named Oxygen Street in Edinburgh.
However the plot began to thicken when a UK wide search for Oxygen Street uncovered a number of identically-named cul-de-sacs all of which were invisible in aerial photographs. One in Newport. One in London. In fact all roads named Oxygen Street in the UK seem not to actually exist…
Is the name Oxygen Street simply the John Doe of deceptive cartography? Or are these all aspects of a mysterious street that exists in all these locations simultaneously but is invisible from the air?
I suspect the former, but would prefer the latter.