[HOT] paths, tracks and unclassified in West Africa

Ralf Stephan gtrwst9 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 11 15:17:02 UTC 2015

I would say the instructions to the task are the applicable authority.
They advise to "tag roads according the Highway Tag Africa wiki page
There one can read:

    The *Highway* tag reflects the Economic and social dimension of the

    Tag:  The small roads going outside the residential areas, mainly
for *agricultural
and forestry* purposes. In general these roads do not have connecting
function with other roads.

(I hope the applied emphasis is not lost with yxour mail program)

I can imagine this goes against the core with English speakers who
just know what a track is but I fear the word is used differently here.


On Sat, Jul 11, 2015 at 3:18 PM john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Unfortunately we seem to be into opinions and I hear different things from
> different people.
> Could we either come to an consensus or have an authority please.
> My own opinion is if its to a small group of huts its probably a track, if
> its to narrow for a 4X4 and winds its a path, and if I can see two wheel
> tracks then its a track unless its between two settlements of reasonable
> size then its unclassified.  Basically a track to me is something I
> wouldn't wish to take a car down.
> Thanks John
> On 11 July 2015 at 08:40, Ralf Stephan <gtrwst9 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In my opinion it's defined by exclusion: everything that ends in
>> nature/crops
>> is a track. Everything else is just unclassified (!) except it fits
>> another definition.
>> Regards,
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