[Tagging] highway = track vs. residential

Tod Fitch tod at fitchdesign.com
Thu Jan 7 22:35:37 UTC 2016

My parents house is in a pretty rural part of Arizona and distinguishing between tracks and driveways or even residential roads can be difficult there. So my initial instinct was to say leave the ways in that part of Colorado as tracks as it can be hard to tell on the imagery.

But looking at the satellite imagery in the area you linked, they clearly look like unpaved residential roads and dirt driveways.

I’d leave the driveways in but change the tagging to:


For the roads, clearly wider and serving multiple houses in the satellite imagery and with names showing in the 2015 Tiger imagery, I’d tag them as

name=(whatever the Tiger 2015 imagery says)

Adding the buildings the driveways lead to would be a nice touch but add to your work load.


> On Jan 7, 2016, at 2:15 PM, Mike Thompson <miketho16 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am editing in Colorado, US in a rural part of the state. I do have first hand knowledge of the area. It looks like someone has gone through and changed many ways tagged "highway = residential" to "highway = track."  For example:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/6152252#map=16/40.7825/-105.1985 <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/6152252#map=16/40.7825/-105.1985>
> Although these are gravel surfaced roads (not yet tagged that way, but physically that is what they are), the ones in question provide access to two or more homes and/or ranches.  To me these are not "tracks" but "residential." Before I change these back, I wanted to check with the community.
> Also, I would like your opinion on driveways (if they are mapped at all). My understanding is that they (at least the part between the public road and the house) should be tagged highway=service, service=driveway, access=private and not highway=track. 
> Mike 
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