[Tagging] Road hierarchy

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Thu Aug 8 15:10:49 UTC 2019

We're on the same page. The pavement and separations argument just
illustrates how local authorities may make the same distinction, and try to
regulate traffic and safety informally. So here, I can use this for the
classification, but in the next town it would probably not work.

Vr gr Peter Elderson

Op do 8 aug. 2019 om 13:43 schreef Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com>:

> On Thu, 8 Aug 2019 at 12:18, Peter Elderson <pelderson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> To be practical, I think I will retag the clearly residential roads now
>> tagged as 'unclassified' in my town, to 'residential'. Some roads are now
>> tagged as residential, but the main function is getting through the
>> village. These tend to give access to housing as well, but houses are
>> separated from the road by e.g. broad pedestrian pavements, parking lanes,
>> stretches of greenery, a row of trees, kerbs, and/or separate cycleways.
> Sounds sensible to me.  Except I wouldn't let the pavements, greenery,
> trees, etc. influence
> me.  If the main function is getting through the village then it's a
> through road even though
> it has houses that are barely separated from the road and don't have
> pavements.  There are
> a few houses in my area where the front door opens straight onto the road,
> which is an
> officially-designated tertiary.
>> If e.g. a bus uses such a road I will retag it as unclassified. I would
>> use quaternary if I could be sure of rendering and routing, which I am not.
> "Quaternary" is a term used by me purely to make clear that "unclassified"
> arose from the UK
> through-road hierarchy of A roads (primary), B roads (secondary), C roads
> (tertiary) and
> U-for-unclassified roads (quaternary).  Unclassified doesn't mean, as the
> guy who recently
> edited the wiki thought, uncategorized.  It's not for roads you don't know
> the purpose of, it's the
> fourth level in the hierarchy with an unfortunate choice of name.  If you
> don't know what
> the road is for and can't decide, then use highway=road.
> So I wouldn't recommend using "quaternary."  I would be very happy if OSM
> switched to
> using quaternary instead of unclassified but, for various reasons, that is
> very unlikely to
> happen.  Ill-conceived values like "unclassified" which are historical
> accidents are one
> of the reasons this list exists.  Had this list existed back then we'd
> probably still be
> arguing whether to call the fourth level "unclassified" or "quaternary." :)
> --
> Paul
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