[Tagging] route=foot

moltonel 3x Combo moltonel at gmail.com
Mon Mar 2 11:44:14 UTC 2015

On 01/03/2015, fly <lowflight66 at googlemail.com> wrote:
> I just say, that out of the 25,000 objects tagged with route=foot over
> 21,000 have been tagged either network=lwn or network=rwn and would be
> better tagged route=hiking as that is the route type for hiking routes.
> In general, I do not like route=foot but I sustain the description on
> the German wiki page and the little passage at the beginning of the
> second table on the English wiki page of route=hiking.

I think that's where the language nuance comes in. To me, "hiking" is
a special variant of "walking". Something linked to sport, or love of
the outdoors. In contrast, route=foot looks like it caters to more
"utilitarian" reasons, where walking is the mean but not the goal.

The most obvious example being tourist trails to see the attractions
of a city. Tourists would rather do as little walking as possible to
see the different POIs. And it's perfectly reasonable for those routes
to have a network=*. In fact, I'd find any route relation with neither
network=* nor operator=* a bit suspicious.

To sum it up: I feel there's a usefull distinction between route=foot
and route=hiking, they don't have to be merged. However, that
distinction could (as always) do with better documentation.

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