[Tagging] Help explain the difference between path and track

António Madeira antoniomadeira at gmx.com
Wed Jun 10 16:25:16 UTC 2020

Às 06:03 de 10/06/2020, Martin Koppenhoefer escreveu:
> sent from a phone
>> On 10. Jun 2020, at 02:31, Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In terms of function, 'track' and 'service' (with or without
>> 'driveway') are practically interchangeable - at least in terms of
>> what they provide to the road network. They're both distinguished by
>> the fact that they don't 'go anywhere'. They typically serve only a
>> single establishment - public roads that serve multiple establishments
>> are typically at least 'unclassified'.
> +1 for service, while tracks may actually “go somewhere”, they might be usable as through ways, but they are not considered “roads“ in some jurisdictions at least.
> service roads are for accessing something (are not part of the connection grid), while tracks may (according to the regional situation) form a kind of „second grid“ (for agricultural purposes, but eventually open to cyclists, hikers, etc. as well).
> Cheers Martin

I agree with Martin here. I rarely map a track that goes nowhere, but I
always map a track that connects to another track or to the main grid.
On the other hand, a service road almost always goes nowhere. Either
ends on a private estate or is just used as an access link to a company,
industry or amenity.
If a motor vehicle can and uses the way, it's a track. If not, it's a
path, which only people and bicycles can use in an normal manner. Maybe
this is not as straightforward in other countries, but in Portugal
there's rarely any doubt about this.


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