[talk-au] Roads in Industrial Estates: Residential, Unclassified or Service?

Michael Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Fri Jul 23 11:59:58 UTC 2021

Hi Adam,

Yes, I agree mapping them as residential is totally wrong. I just 
checked Map Features to see if the definition has drifted off but no, 
same as always:
"The tag highway 
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:highway>=residential is used on 
roads that are used for accessing residential areas and in residential 
areas but which are not normally used as through routes (which would 
usually be unclassified highways, tertiary highways, etc.) "

unclassified vs. service can be harder, even when mapping on the ground. 
If there is no restriction on getting into the estate and the road is 
leading past or to more than one business, unclassified. Particularly if 
they are named. If there is a gate, then I think harder about using service.


On 2021-07-23 10:00, Adam Horan wrote:
> I've seen that roads in local industrial estates have a mix of 
> tagging. Some are highway=residential, and some highway=unclassified. 
> I'm referring to the normal public roads within the industrial estate, 
> and not the other roads that often go to shared units or behind units.
> Tagging them as residential just /seems/ wrong to me.
> From the wiki it seems that highway=service is perhaps the most 
> suitable: /"*For access roads to, or within an industrial estate,* 
> camp site, business park, car park, alleys, etc. Can be used in 
> conjunction with service=* to indicate the type of usage and with 
> access=* to indicate who can use it and in what circumstances."/
> An example of an estate with predominantly *highway=unclassified*
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/-38.0964/145.1687 
> <https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/-38.0964/145.1687>
> A small one that's mostly *highway=residential*
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/query?lat=-38.09231&lon=145.16617#map=17/-38.08228/145.24485 
> <https://www.openstreetmap.org/query?lat=-38.09231&lon=145.16617#map=17/-38.08228/145.24485>
> A typical road in this estate 
> https://www.mapillary.com/app/?pKey=2870441486503883 
> <https://www.mapillary.com/app/?pKey=2870441486503883>
> A large estate that's a mix of *tertiary *and *residential*
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/-38.0263/145.2131 
> <https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/-38.0263/145.2131>
> Roads like this one 
> https://www.mapillary.com/app/?pKey=301424184769146 
> <https://www.mapillary.com/app/?pKey=301424184769146> which don't 
> appear to be public roads, and are usually concrete rather than 
> asphalt, I would consider to be more clearly service roads. This one 
> doesn't appear on Vic Map.
> What are your thoughts?
> Thanks,
> Adam
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