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

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Wed Apr 21 08:05:49 UTC 2021

Note that highway=track may interconnect larger roads - but as long as it is not used
for transit it can be still be just highway=track

Though if you have things that are tagged as highway=track solely because they are unpaved
and functionally are residential roads or main access roads to villages I would recommend retagging.

Though I would be kind of surprised if there are actually unpaved highway=unclassified there.
In Poland it is nowadays really rare to have unpaved road as a main access road to settlement.
I thought that in more densely populated and richer western Europe all such cases are gone already.

See for example following highway=track being highway=track despite connecting
larger roads:
(generally not used due to poor surface and massive incline and viable alternatives,
as result it has no role higher than "access to forest" in road network)

interconnects two larger road, but is not part of connection between settlements as
due to its quality people generally drive around. So as result of low quality compared
to alternatives also function in general road network is quite low.

the same, quality is just good enough for bicycles and agricultural machinery, role in general
road network is highway=track despite technically connecting larger roads

Apr 20, 2021, 21:35 by pelderson at gmail.com:

> About translation: I'm usually all for Dutch translations, but in this case I'm not going to do it. The reason is that it would invalidate or outdate a lot of tagging in Nederland, where in fact the tracks are unpaved through-roads. They look like tracks (double tracked unpaved and do give access to the land or forest, but they also interconnect larger paved roads and often at the same time give access to housing. Although I agree in principle with the change in definition, but I think means that these track roads are now suddenly unpaved unclassifieds, I am not going to advocate changing it. 
> Fr gr Peter Elderson

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