[Tagging] routes for pedestrians (foot, hiking, walking, etc.)

Felix Hartmann extremecarver at gmail.com
Wed Aug 29 09:21:35 BST 2012

On 28.08.2012 18:06, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> Recently a member of the Belgian community announced on the German
> mailing list, that "the Belgian Community" had decided to make a mass
> edit to change all route=foot to route=hiking.
> He said the wiki said that these 2 had the same meaning. Further
> discussion on the German ML showed that instead there might be subtle
> differences. E.g. for short pedestrian routes inside of cities
> "hiking" was perceived as not appropriate.
> Looking at the actually used values there are even more variants for
> pedestrian routes (in order of occurence):
> http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/route#values
> hiking
> foot
> walking
Well this part is rather easy. I think we should separate:
1. city loops and so on
2. walking routes that are not in the mountains/outback (you generally 
don't need hiking boots, outdoor equipment)
3. hiking routes in the mountains, in the outback/wilderness (it is 
advisable to have outdoor equipment like hiking boots, adapted clothes, 
and so on)
4. alpine/expedition routes (you need specialised equipment, tent, first 
aid kits, and so on). General hiking/touristic maps likely don't include 
them. Note that they need to be signposted though...
> and maybe also
> running
> nordic_walking (16 times)
> and some even less used ones
watch out here, we need to state often enough, that only signposted 
routes, shall be included in OSM. E.g. most places where people go 
running, are NOT signposted for running. (e.g. in Vienna Donauinsel or 
Prater - there is no single signposted running route, but thousands of 
people go running there every hour during daytime, likely I think for 
New York Central Park, or other very popular places for running). Also 
state that a route a Marathon takes every year, shouldn't be included, 
as long as it's not signposted or visible on the ground!
> I'd like to discuss about the meaning of those values (currently the
> wiki isn't very verbose about the meaning) and then we could transfer
> this into the wiki to expand these articles:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Route#Walking_routes_.28also_hiking_and_pilgrimage.29
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Walking_Routes
> "Walking routes are named or numbered or otherwise signed routes,
> which may go along roads or trails or combinations of these. See also
> Hiking." e.g. it doesn't even say that these routes are for
> pedestrians (I guess whoever wrote this thought it was obvious).
> My personal view is that hiking has a somehow different connotation
> then walking, while "foot" might be used to summarize the 2 under one
> generic term.
> cheers,
> Martin
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