[Tagging] Walking Routes, how to tag alternatives/additions/shortcuts/approach tracks etc.

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Mon Apr 22 21:47:35 UTC 2019

Long walking routes often have a main route and several additions of
various types. If these additions are not waymarked, they are not recorded
in OSM. Easy.

But often, they are. On maps these are usually shown as a striped line,
while the main route is usually a continuous line.

I would like to enable OSMrenderers and data users to render/process the
additions/alternatives differently than the main route.

One solution just for rendering would be to optionally add "striped" to the
colour tag. Or dotted.

A more general solution would be something like alternative=yes,
additional=yes, approach=yes. A tag that covers all the variants, I can't
think of a suitable word.
the other way around: main_route=no?

Vr gr Peter Elderson
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