[Tagging] Trailhead tagging
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Mon Dec 31 14:51:05 UTC 2018
Am 21.12.2018 um 19:55 schrieb Peter Elderson:
> Well, in Nederland I'm through, got them all. To initiate a rendering
> on osm-carto the usage should increase by some 500+ (now on 1400+). I
> need Germany or Italy!
While on vacation I have mapped trail heads in the US pretty much the
way Kenny has described it. I've never come across the trail head tag so
far. In the US trail heads I have encountered were often marked as such
having some signpost giving information on length, difficulty,
accessibility etc. And often there was a road sign saying "xyz trail
head". Often there is a single or very few trails departing there and
each trail only has one or two access points that are called a trail
head. (disclaimer: I am sure there are other situations but these are
the ones I have encountered while on vacation).
In Germany, though, the concept of trail head is not so widely used for
hiking trails. Very often trails are interconnected forming a mesh and
are accessible from various locations. What we rather have are marked
parking lots called "Wanderparkplatz", i. e. "hiking parking lot". There
is even an official traffic sign:
The more fancy ones have a map of the surroundings showing all hiking
trails of the area, possibly with length, hiking duration and
difficulty. Often there is a waste bin, sometimes a pickinick table,
very often it's only a few parking spots off the road crossing a forest.
These hiking parking lots are very often not dedicated to a certain
trail, though. Often you find them in places where there are footways
but no marked or named hiking trails at all.
As far as I see we don't currently designate these hiking parking lots
as such. They are just amenity parking connected to some paths/hiking
routes plus possibly having an information board mapped. I wouldn't be
opposed somehow tagging the Wanderparkplatz designation, not sure a
highway-tag would be right with the amenity, though.
Having this said there are of course also some trail heads in Germany
that more fit to what I described for the US or what you might have in
the Netherlands. But they are the minority here I would say.
all the best for the new Year
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