[Tagging] Rural Alley?

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Wed Jul 8 21:03:35 UTC 2015

Then why did they keep track+level1+paved at all? It's like calling it a motorway level 9. Its shoehorned into somewhere it doesn't belong. 

These roads may have a similar purpose - local access - but the grade of the road is completely out of the category I would ever call a "track".

There are so many implied things with road classifications - i know they can all be described by other tags (surface, width, max speed) but if i say the word "freeway" "parkway" "alley" "lane" "track" - all of them bring different things to your mind. 

Categorizing them as a track - and rendering them as a track - seems to be in error, even if track grade1 describes the surface well, it does not capture the maintenance and expected conditions of the road correctly IMO.

This is especially true with a valley full of actual tracks - and one of these little roads through/around. It is not the same as all the tracks in the area. 

I would suggest a new value of service=*  to further define these roads.

Just as Alley isn't a track nor a residential road - these are neither as well. 


> On Jul 8, 2015, at 8:04 PM, moltonel 3x Combo <moltonel at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 08/07/2015, johnw <johnw at mac.com> wrote:
>> https://www.google.com/maps/@36.431238,139.246753,3a,78y,233.04h,65.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sqk2OIIDRfkCjb8uqWNbkhw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1
> To me this (along with the description) is highway=track
> tracktype=grade1. You can add surface, lanes, maxspeed, width, etc for
> good measure.
> The difference between track and service is not about the quality of
> the road, but about its intended purpose. Track for agrigulture,
> service for built up areas (very simplified). It's the same for all
> highway=* values : the purpose and official classification are more
> important criterias than the road quality. Which makes the secondary
> tags even more usefull.
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