[Tagging] network tag on route relations

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Mon Jul 13 18:25:03 UTC 2020

Nederland, Germany and Belgium also have walking routes, horse routes,
inline-skating routes, canoe routes, motorboat routes. Also a myriad of
node networks for all the modalities, some completely developed and
covering the country (cycling node networks), some almost nation-wide but
locally or regionally maintained (walking node networks), some in the early
stages but spreading rapidly, also to other countries (Austria, France,
The lXn, rXn, nXn, iXn system, combined with network:type=node_network,
operator, and ref, , covers all recreational routes, in many countries with
very different systems of administration and maintenance.

If there is a conflict between the use of those routes and the highway road
routes coding system, that would be a problem requiring a solution.
Perceived inconsistency  between clearly different uses of the route
relation iis not.

I think this recreational route network coding has earned its place. Still,
if an actual problem arises, I would be happy to help solve it. I know some
people think the network=XXn system is principally flawed and should never
have been approved, but I have yet to see one actual problem and it appears
to do the job around the world, for recreational routes of all scopes and
modalities, even though countries have very different administration and
maintenance systems from completely central to distributed and chaotic, and
different for most modalities.

Best, Peter Elderson

Op ma 13 jul. 2020 om 18:51 schreef Volker Schmidt <voschix at gmail.com>:

> I am not saying get rid of the network tag, I am saying we should be
>> consistent.  In the above case, if  network=UK (instead of network=ncn),
>> one would know it is national. First because the UK is a nation and there
>> is no smaller jurisdiction that follows "UK" in the tag, and because there
>> would be cycle routes all over the UK where network=UK.
> Numbering in the UK reflects the "importance" of a route:
> National routes carry two-digit numbers
> Regional routes carry three-digit numbers
> Local cycle routes are less consistently labelled.
> OSM, born in the UK  has inherited this approach
> The UK national bicycle network is managed by Sustrans - see
> https://www.sustrans.org.uk/national-cycle-network
> Similarly tiered systems exist in the Netherlands and Germany.
> In Italy there is a similar approach, that mirrors the administrative
> organisation of the country: National routes connect several regions.
> Regional routes connect severela provinces and local routes are typically
> within a single province.
> Volker (Italy)
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