[Tagging] How to tag recreational route with multiple route types?

Kevin Kenny kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com
Sat Aug 14 18:58:47 UTC 2021

On Sat, Aug 14, 2021 at 2:27 PM Brian M. Sperlongano <zelonewolf at gmail.com>

> On Sat, Aug 14, 2021 at 2:13 PM Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> The trail winds up having a couple of places that route through city
>> streets because the railbed was unusable for one reason or another. The
>> pedestrian route takes a short path on the sidewalk because it doesn't need
>> to respect the direction of a one-way street. The cycling route uses that
>> path (on the road rather than the sidewalk) in the forward direction, but
>> has to detour a few blocks in the reverse direction to follow the traffic
>> law.
> I would argue in this case that the on-the-ground-reality is that there
> are *actually two separate routes*, which you have correctly modeled as
> such, rather than duplications for different modes of travel.

There are other commenters in the thread who believe strongly that since
the route has one name, one set of signage over the overwhelming majority
of its length, one operator, and so on, that it must be a single object in
OSM.  I'm simply arguing that as far as I can see, a case like this is
passing the data model past its limits. Maybe a superroute could unify the
foot and cycle routes? I don't know, and I really don't care all that much,
because I care more whether the software that consumes the data will
understand the situation exists in the field than whether a Platonist would
say that the foot and cycle routes are one entity or two.

73 de ke9tv/2, Kevin
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