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

geow ksgeo at web.de
Fri Aug 7 06:06:02 UTC 2015

Greg Troxel wrote
> Ilpo Järvinen <

> ilpo.jarvinen@

> > 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.

To characterize a path/footway extensively we have - beside surface, width,
incline, smoothness ...




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