[HOT] Highway=residential in Africa

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Wed Jun 15 17:14:16 UTC 2016

On 6/15/2016 3:22 AM, Michael wrote:
> Hi,
> Here the word 'unclassified' is pretty misleading as well. For some 
> reason 'highway=unclassified' does not mean that the road is not 
> classified at all but does not have any special classification. In 
> other words it is something like "other road" or any road that is not 
> tertiary or above.

The best translation into en_US for highway=unclassified is "minor 
road", "other road" is also reasonable.
> 'highway=track' is mainly about what the road is mainly used for, less 
> what vehicle can be used on it. In Germany there is such a thing as 
> 'highway=track, surface=paved' - but other than 'highway=unclassified' 
> those tracks usually have sign limiting their use to agricultural use 
> only. This is not really intuitive but that's just the way things 
> evolved in OSM.

Yes. a highway=track can be better paved and better maintained than a 

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