[Tagging] highway=footway - Advanced definition: Distinction footway vs path

Greg Troxel gdt at ir.bbn.com
Thu Aug 6 23:58:32 UTC 2015

Ilpo Järvinen <ilpo.jarvinen at helsinki.fi> writes:

> It's not just about paved/unpaved. What I mean that there are two kinds of 
> "not paved trails through forest". Those which come with man applied 
> surface, even if we tag them as surface=unpaved (typically 
> surface=fine_gravel to be more precise), which tends to be rather level 
> and easy to walk on and reasonably free from obstacles, and those where 
> the conditions are close to unknown (given unfamiliar terrain), might be 
> easy/ok but might as well require negotiating tricky parts or even 
> backtracking. It's important aspect for (non-computerized) routeplanning 
> to know this difference.

That's fair, but I think it's not really about artificial surface.  It's
about whether someone with some familiarity with hiking in general is
going to be able to follow the trail without too much trouble.   But I'm
afraid that this is a continuum more than a yes/no sort of thing.
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