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

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Mon Apr 22 22:04:30 UTC 2019

Do you have a link to an example?

I’m reminded of the Oregon Coast bicycle route, which has alternative
section s that leave the main highway to follow a scenic but longer road
through the hills or closer to the coast. There are also alternatives that
follow a Main Street (high street) through a village.

See pdf of route:

My first thought is something like role=side_route for an
alternative which leads the main route but then rejoins. This is similar to
side_stream in waterway relations.

Perhaps approach or entrance segments could be tagged role=link - echoing
highways tagging? But that might imply a connection to another route.


On Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 6:49 AM Peter Elderson <pelderson at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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