[Tagging] Route relations - Forward & Backward

Jo winfixit at gmail.com
Fri Sep 5 19:00:47 UTC 2014

Most bus routes in Belgium have several variations. Most have at least 2.
One from A to B, another from B to A. To me it makes most sense to create
one route relation for each variation, which contains all the stops in the
order they will be passed by. Occasionally it happens stops occur more than

Before all the stops (because that is how JOSM would sort them) come all
the ways the bus travels along. If a way is used twice, the route relation
also contains it twice. If all the ways are sorted properly there is no
need for forward/backward roles. If there is no need for something, I
prefer to not add it.


2014-09-05 20:40 GMT+02:00 Rob Nickerson <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com>:

> Dave,
> My understanding is the same as yours. That is, I map them according to
> the wiki guidelines:
> > "Forward" means the route follows this way only in the direction of the
> way, and "backward" means the route runs only against the direction of the
> way.
> Adding these roles to the members that make up the relation allow you to
> have circular bus routes and know the direction of travel. It also allows
> you to deal with splits in the road (e.g. a dual carriageway mapped as two
> separate ways in OSM) or where the "out" and "in" just differ.
> Having said that, the other mappers method also has all the information in
> to figure out the route, just not sure if existing tools will cope with
> that (I actually like including the way twice as this allows you to have
> all the ways linking in JOSMs relation editor, but not sure if this is
> frowned upon).
> Rob
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