[HOT] Highway=track

Philippe Verdy verdy_p at wanadoo.fr
Fri Dec 22 02:25:40 UTC 2017


There may be exceptions if the tracks are not praticable at all by vehicles
(including motorbikes). They should however not even be tracks but just
paths if they are just usable by horses or usable sportively by
mountainbikes.
Not all houses or even villages are linked by unpaved tracks=minor roads.
This happens in Africa as well as Asia, but there are also some examples in
Europe in mountains for some old villages that are nearly deserted, with
just some agricultral buildings (mostly used as shelters for animals, but
sometimes occupied to receive walking tourists in summer).

If the houses in Africa are non-permanently inhabited and are just seasonal
shelters, the tracks connecting them may be in fact just paths, used
sometimes by roaming animal breeders or workers in forests: the equipement
is very minimalist (including for sanitisation or drinkable water, just
collected in nearby rivers) and the rest of the time the tracks will not be
maintained or could be vegetated. They will become visible again during
short periods of activity.



2017-12-21 16:41 GMT+01:00 john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com>:

> It's come up in the OSMand mailing list that these aren't shown at higher
> zoom levels. Whilst mapping specifically just for the rendering system is
> frowned on in this case it is supported by the wiki.
>
> If it connects settlements then according to
>
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Highway_Tag_Africa
>
> it is not a track.
>
> unclassified or minor road surface unpaved is a reasonable default.
>
> Cheerio John
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