[Tagging] Snowmobile routes

Brad Neuhauser brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Mon Sep 26 15:01:53 UTC 2016

It may not be "officially recognized" but route=snowmobile is used some
[0], and IMHO makes a lot more sense than route=road!

[0] http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/route=snowmobile

On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 8:39 AM, Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com>

> I thought sure that I had raised this question before, but a quick troll
> through the archives doesn't seem to show it.
> New York State has an extensive network of designated snowmobile routes,
> intended to be long-distance continuous paths. In some cases, they follow
> highways, or logging roads on state land. In other cases, the state offers
> grants to private landowners to maintain the route, funded out of
> snowmobile registration fees. (At least that's my understanding of how the
> system works. I'm not a snowmobilist). Except where the route is groomed
> alongside a highway (or sometimes on the highway - not all our roads are
> open to motor vehicles in winter), other motor vehicles are ordinarily
> forbidden.
> These routes are marked with a highway shield, with reassurance markers at
> intervals. There are even two tiers of routes: 'corridor' and 'secondary'.
> Both are long-distance routes, so they are not appropriate for the name=*
> field on a track or path. (Example: Haul Road No. 1 in the Dutch Settlement
> State Forest is blazed for both the New York Long Path (route=hiking) and
> Snowmobile Corridor Route 7B. A highway shield on a snowmobile route looks
> like https://flic.kr/p/nPeMwe.
> We don't (yet?) have a 'route=snowmobile' officially recognized. What I
> used recently when a hike (gathering map data for something else) took me
> for a while on a snowmobile corridor was 'route=road
> network=US:NY:snowmobile:corridor ref=7B'. (If it had been a secondary
> route, it would of course have been US:NY:snowmobile:secondary.) I feel a
> little uncomfortable about route=road, which seems to be tailored for motor
> vehicles, but the tagging would be in all ways the same - type, network,
> route, ref are all there, and even most of the roles are possible (there
> are link trails, for instance, providing access to nearby highways, or
> places where a route splits into a one-way pair).
> Does this sound plausible?
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