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

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Tue Apr 23 07:47:53 UTC 2019

There's this one:
It has approach tracks and alternatives, and the operator has also included
some daily roundtrips as loops attached to the main route (which I did not
include yet).

Many routes have shortcuts and alternatives for bird breeding season, for
highwater, for people with dogs, closure after dark,  and wheelchair
alternatives. Most of these were not usually waymarked and mapped, but the
operators are increasingly waymarking those so I want to map it.

Vr gr Peter Elderson

Op di 23 apr. 2019 om 00:05 schreef Joseph Eisenberg <
joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>:

> 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:
> https://www.oregon.gov/odot/programs/tdd%20documents/oregon-coast-bike-route-map.pdf
> 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.
> Joseph
> 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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