[Tagging] Help explain the difference between path and track

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 07:31:57 UTC 2020

Two points to get this thread back on track:

1) The highway=track tag has always been wider than agriculture and
forestry. There is an often overlooked "etc." in the description on the
wiki, and it has been there from the very first version of 26 May 2008.
(see also Duck_tagging <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Duck_tagging>)

2) "In my rendering of hiking maps I currently have to look at 13 tags and
their values to make a decision ..."
"I think we need some more values for the highway tag..."
These two statements together (made in the same message in this thread)
highlight the basic problem of this and other discussions:
If we need to look at X tags and values now, adding new values only makes
the list longer - there's no way around this.

On Tue, 9 Jun 2020 at 16:43, Andrew Harvey <andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com> wrote:

> If the way is used by "law enforcement, emergency, and maintenance staff"
> motor vehicles then I'd tag it highway=track and if it's designated for
> walking then foot=designated + motor_vehicle=private, since it's wide
> enough and occasionally used by vehicles, even for a path that is mostly
> used for walking. If you tag it as highway=path then you'd need to still
> indicate it's usable by motor vehicle with motor_vehicles=private (though
> that's only the legal use, not sure how you'd then tag the physical ability
> for it to accommodate motor vehicles).
> On Wed, 10 Jun 2020 at 00:32, Mike Thompson <miketho16 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I know we have had this discussion before, but perhaps some of you that
>> are more elegant (and diplomatic) can comment on:
>> https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/85034574
>> These ways exist only to provide recreation to those on foot, bicycle or
>> horseback.  One will occasionally see a park maintenance vehicle, such as a
>> side by side ATV (I don't think one could even get a regular four wheeled
>> vehicle back there.), but the public is not allowed to operate motor
>> vehicles on these ways.
>> Mike
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