[Tagging] Tagging national/international routes.

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com
Tue May 8 00:53:43 UTC 2018

On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 7:22 PM, Peter Elderson <pelderson at gmail.com> wrote:

> I map everything as long as it’s waymarked. If a variant is waymarked and
> named, it belongs to the route. It is the hierarchy I am not sure how to
> tag exactly. I see type=route in th Netherlands and type=superroute in
> Germany for the same type of hierarchy, and both seem to display fine on
> waymarkedtrails. What is a type=superroute needed for then?

 It appears to be for cases like
https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/919642 - where I suspect that I got
the tagging Not Entirely Right.

I broke the route into segments at county boundaries because the whole
thing had far too many ways to be manageable. In particular, it was
crashing JOSM at the time, and I switched to Meerkartor briefly to break it
up. JOSM has since been fixed. It appears that the Wiki
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Relation:superroute suggests
'superroute' for this type of object. I've not tagged the above relation
thus, because JOSM complains that 'superroute' is an unknown relation type,
and Waymarked Trails is happy with a 'type=route' superrelation containing
subrelations for the sections.

'type=superroute' is not obviously applicable to alternatives, bypasses,
spurs, and whatnot - it appears that the route analyzer and Waymarked
Trails still want the route to be continuous. The couple that I've
encountered, I've tagged as separate routes. I have no idea what to do with
https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/4836600 where the whole thing is
waymarked as 'Partridge Path' with occasional signage identifying 'Loop 1',
'Loop 2', and 'Loop 3'. I, too, am interested in hearing suggestions about
how to deal with this sort of beast.
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