[HOT] Task 661 (Ebola, DRC), road vs path

Sander Deryckere sanderd17 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 12 17:43:06 UTC 2014

According to me, most of those should be roads.

The main difference is based on social importance of the road (also because
width is often hard to determine in dense vegetation). A way leading to a
hamlet should normally be an unclassified highway. There should also be no
"highway islands", i.e. isolated roads that aren't connected, or only
connected through paths. Though it's always possible those highway islands
are made because the imagery is too bad to follow it any further, but when
the imagery is clear enough, roads should always be connected through roads
and never through paths.

Check this page Blake made as an example:


2014-10-12 18:47 GMT+02:00 Dan S <danstowell+osm at gmail.com>:

> Hi all,
> Just having a mini discussion with another mapper about road vs path.
> We're both familiar with the Highway Tagging Africa scheme, but we
> drew different conclusions about the particular routes we were looking
> at.
> So it'd be handy if anyone wants to comment on road-vs-path for this
> location:
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/-0.32568/20.94023
> And who knows, maybe it would be suitable to use as an example for
> future mappers, since we didn't intuitively come to the same
> conclusions.
> Thanks
> Dan
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