[talk-au] When is a Road a Track

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 21:00:25 UTC 2017

The NSW LPT base map is particularly helpful for road classifications .. 
tracks, unclassified, tertiary and paths.
It is in some ways better than a survey as it looks to take into account 
the importance to the community and that is very hard to determine by 
simply travelling the road.

Where a 'track' travels a long distance .. say over 50 km I would argue 
that it is 'unclassified' as that length suggests it is not a simple 
service/maintenance track but a connection between distant points.
As far as seeking out the 'interesting/adventure' roads .. I first look 
for unpaved, then connecting. The old 'Tracks for Australia' garmin map 
is helpful but well out of date.

The condition/difficulty of the road is best determined by travelling 
the road, I don't add that detail unless I have travelled it. I do add 
surface=unpaved/paved ...
on some bridges I remove the surface tag as I cannot be certain what is 
there, on a few I change it to concrete.

On 10-Feb-17 05:55 PM, David Bannon wrote:
> Do you mean without seeing them yourself Warren ?  I personally think 
> that you should only correct another mapper's work if you have 
> personally seen something that needs correction. I am sure there are 
> some exceptions. But here, in particular, you seem to have "negative" 
> information.
> Its also worth remembering that highway= indicates the purpose of the 
> road or track, a number of other tags indicate its condition. In 
> theory ....
> David
> On 10/02/17 10:51, Warren wrote:
>> I have asked this question before but did not really get a clear answer.
>> I am working off the Western Australian Main Roads data checking 
>> against the OSM road attributes.  Occasionally I come across lines 
>> that are classed in OSM as highway:unclassified or 
>> highway:residential that do not appear on the Main Roads data base.
>> I would argue that these are named tracks rather than roads but I 
>> wanted to check others opinion.
>> Do I leave them alone or change the classification to highway:track?
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