[HOT] Highway=track

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 22 02:30:20 UTC 2017

I should have mentioned highway=path as an acceptable alternative.

What I do see when validating though is a large number of highways
connecting settlements that are labeled tracks many of which look wide
enough for a 4 by 4 and these I feel should be labelled something else.

Cheerio John

On 21 December 2017 at 21:25, Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at wanadoo.fr> wrote:

> 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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