[HOT] paths, tracks and unclassified in West Africa

Ralf Stephan gtrwst9 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 12:40:42 UTC 2015

So, essentially, only locals have full knowledge and every tag by
nonlocals is preliminary?

On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 12:41 PM Eric Sibert <courrier at eric.sibert.fr>

> I'm jumping late in the discussion.
> I will talk about my experience in Madagascar, which is not West
> Africa but more East Africa/Indian Ocean.
> Lets consider Namoroka National Park area:
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=13/-16.4473/45.4233
> This a back country area with few population (5 hab./kmĀ²). All roads
> are unpaved.
> I use tertiary for the main road that give access to the main town of
> "commune" although such road may only be used with 4WD cars. For
> instance:
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=13/-16.5335/45.5859
> In dry season, there should be a taxi-brousse on a daily basis.
> I use unclassified for roads that frequently see motor vehicles.
> Frequently can means on a weekly basis with trucks or tractors
> collecting agricultural products. Between Vilanandro and Bekomanga
> (North), there is also a significant cattle car traffic (>10 per day).
> In opposite, the road following the North-East limit of the park
> usually don't see motor vehicle but just several cattle cars per day.
> Although it is joining a significant village (Vilanandro) to a
> significant hamlet (Namoroka, 20 huts?), I classified it as track. One
> may think that this is an important road because this is the only one
> that is going to Namoroka. Indeed, most a people are going by foot and
> use other path instead of the track.
> If you want more details, don't hesitate to ask. I may also have a
> bunch of geolocalized pictures.
> Eric
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