[Tagging] Road hierarchy

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Mon Aug 5 06:32:28 UTC 2019

At the moment, 'unclassified' has so many different opinions that it means
nothing at all. Could we at least agree on the basics:

A. "unclassified" means you don't know the class;
B. "unclassified"  is a class in itself.

If A the UK needs an alternative for roads officially classified as
'unclassified'. I would go with 'quaternary' because it can be applied

If B a better differentiation is needed. I think defining it as "same as
<other class>" is not helpful. Current OSM-usage is not helpful, because it
just reflects the indecision and confusion. Maybe it's best to define
"unclassified" as UK-only, and add quaternary for the missing step between
tertiary and residential.

Why missing link? I don't know the whole world, but all european countries
I know have some sort of official classification of three levels to move
around the country, and a lot of other public roads, brushed together as a
rest category of "other roads". If we classify in the database, that's
'unclassified' or quaternary for me. Then residential roads/areas are
mostly entered through those.

As it stands, routing/navigating is not that bad, probably because I use
OSM mainly for cycling/walking.

Vr gr Peter Elderson

Op ma 5 aug. 2019 om 07:11 schreef Florian Lohoff <f at zz.de>:

> On Sun, Aug 04, 2019 at 07:55:16PM +0100, ael wrote:
> > On Sun, Aug 04, 2019 at 04:23:03PM +0200, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> > > sent from a phone
> > > > On 4. Aug 2019, at 15:37, Florian Lohoff <f at zz.de> wrote:
> > > > A residential is also an unclassified road.
> > >
> > > IMHO it is not, as an unclassified road is part of the interconnection
> grid, while a residential road is not
> >
> > My reply was going to be much the same. Unclassified roads are generally
> > for "through traffic". Residential raods are primarily for access to
> > those buildings, and would not (normally) be used for travel to other
> > destinations.
> No statement in the Wiki backs up this claim. This is what i say.
> No statement about through traffic. Residentials are for through
> traffic aswell although their primary purpose may be access to the
> residential area.
> This is what our algorithmic brothers in routing/navigation do. Treating
> unclassified and residential the same.
> And we cant distinguish these 2 by hard facts. Its more or less "felt
> traffic pattern" or "believe" or "experience" how you tag.
> Flo
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