[Tagging] Differences in cycleways

john at jfeldredge.com john at jfeldredge.com
Fri Jan 7 14:30:15 GMT 2011

I suspect that I am not the only one who has been confused by the totally-unrelated meanings of highway=track (a minor, rural road) and cycleway=track (a cycleway along side an automobile road).  I don't know which one came first, but it is unfortunate that the naming scheme wasn't more consistent.

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Subject :Re: [Tagging] Differences in cycleways
From  :mailto:stevagewp at gmail.com
Date  :Fri Jan 07 00:23:56 America/Chicago 2011

  On 6/01/2011 12:25 PM, Nathan Edgars II wrote:
> How about railway=* cycleway=track?
> http://www.railstotrails.org/ourWork/trailBuilding/toolbox/informationSummaries/rails-with-trails.html
Heh, didn't think about that. I wouldn't do it, because in practice 
those kinds of trails tend to weave around a bit anyway. The idea of 
"cycleway=track" meaning "a separate way parallel to this one" is 
problematic I think. It works ok in the context of a road where the 
"track" is always immediately adjacent to the side of the road (or in 
some cases is actually within the road surface, but divided some other way).


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