[HOT] Highway=residential in Africa

Jo winfixit at gmail.com
Wed Jun 15 17:22:25 UTC 2016

What I usually use is highway=unclassified / surface=unpaved.


2016-06-15 19:14 GMT+02:00 Paul Norman <penorman at mac.com>:

> 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
> highway=unclassified.
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