[Tagging] issue tag|trailblazed + tag|osmc:symbol / tag|wiki:symbol

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Wed Jun 2 17:09:46 UTC 2021

Sometimes it is useful to consult Wikipedia:
This article states that Waymarking and Trail Blazing are about routes
being waymarked with man-made signs.

A specific situation where a cycling or hiking route is in a limbo between
fully existing (all the road infrastructure is in place and the entire
route is waymarked) and under construction (state=construction) or only
proposed (state=proposed) is a state where all the highway work is
finished, but no waymarking has been applied yet. That state could be
described by a normal route relation with trailblazed=no or waymarked=no.
This situation is not infrequent here, as often the roadwork is an
independent contract from applying waymarks.

On Wed, 2 Jun 2021, 14:42 Jan Michel, <jan at mueschelsoft.de> wrote:

> On 02.06.21 12:49, Peter Elderson wrote:
> > * If a route is not waymarked, it should not be in OSM (with a few
> > special exceptions). So you do not need trailblazed=* on a route. Just
> > symbol and/or osmc:symbol.
> You're right that a route shouldn't be trailblazed=no. But trailblazed=*
> is also used to tag the kind of waymarking. Cairns or poles should be
> sufficient to count as waymarking of a route, but can't be described by
> symbol tags.
> > * Some ways can only be seen through some kind of markings. Mostly these
> > markings are not symbols, but poles or cairns. The traiblazed=* tag
> > addresses that.
> In my opinion, trailblazing and visiblity of the path are two different
> things. And indeed we also have trail_visiblity as a separate tag.
> > This tagging instruction is clear enough, but the description " Markings
> on outdoor paths and trails by signs, markers, poles, cairns or in another
> way. " does not reflect that. I think the description should be changed.
> I agree.
> Jan
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