[Tagging] route=foot

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Mon Mar 2 12:37:41 UTC 2015

On Mon, 2015-03-02 at 13:06 +0100, Marc Gemis wrote:
> In Belgium and The Netherlands we have tagged all the regional walking
> networks as foot. With this system of walking networks it is possible
> to plan walks as short as 2-3 km and and long as a few hundred
> kilometers. For me the short walks are no hikes, but that might be the
> wrong interpretation.
> We had some discussion about this (foot vs hiking) a few years ago. We
> decided to stay with foot because that was used in The Netherlands and
> Germany. And because some of those networks cross the border, it did
> look appropriate to change it only in Belgium.
In UK English, the language of OSM, hike has extreme connotations.
Hiking implies a route over extreme ground and a forced high pace. If I
was to describe one of my ramblers walks as 'a hike' I would not get
many takers.

US English uses the term hike to describe a walk in the countryside,
which is the usage I suspect Fly is using. 

Having done a Overpass Turbo query on route=foot locally, it returns the
Shropshire Way and Severn Way. I would not use the term hike to describe
either, route=foot is absolutely appropriate.

Phil (trigpoint)

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