[Tagging] Proposed rewrite Of highway=track wiki page - Third Draft

stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Wed Apr 7 14:07:49 UTC 2021

I echo Richard's polite exhortation to include very important access=* (and surface=*) tags on tracks (ESPECIALLY tracks), also especially when they are explicitly known.  I sent Zeke (off list) a hearty thank-you for his excellent improvements to this documentation.  Although, knowing that Richard does yeoman work tweaking routers and knowing that as I have tagged a decade-plus of track-tagging (whether for agricultural use, because they are or aren't bicycle-legal, for equestrians (sometimes as explicitly as bridleway, sometimes not), or because they are what is sometimes known in the USA as a "truck trail" or marked on USGS maps as "4WD only," it cannot be stated strongly enough:  access=*, surface=* and tracktype=grade* tags are very important to include on highway=track (when they are known).

You might even say "strongly recommended" for all three of these tags with highway=track, as their omission over the years has contributed to the ambiguities we now better untangle.

> On Apr 6, 2021, at 11:29 PM, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> wrote:
> Zeke Farwell wrote:
> > Here is the latest draft.  Please let me know what you think. 
> This is generally pretty good - well done.
> I agree with Martin that =footway, =cycleway and =bridleway should be mentioned in preference to =pedestrian. These tags are standard tagging for many multi-use trails. highway=path is problematic as a bare tag because you can't infer meaning for access or quality.
> In the 'Access' section, I'd upgrade "adding explicit access tags is helpful" to "...is strongly recommended". Again, highway=track without access tags is problematic and there have been very many cases where renderers/routers have unwittingly directed people across private land, sometimes ending up with landowner complaints to the DWG. You point to the "country-specific restrictions" page, but in fact this omits highway=track for many countries (such as the UK and USA).
> Richard
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