[talk-au] Gravel roads surface tagging

forster at ozonline.com.au forster at ozonline.com.au
Sat Mar 6 10:54:58 UTC 2021

Giving this more thought.
Just maybe.
If a gravel road in most English speaking countries is the common  
description for surface=compacted and if surface=gravel is mostly  
being misused.

Then find a new name for surface=gravel and make gravel a synonym for  

But if its just an Australian problem then we have to adjust.


> Hi
> The road shown in Gravelsign2 is a good match for the wiki text except
> for the reference to water bound macadam. It is a good match for
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:Compacted_forest_track_no1.jpg
> It is a bad match for the two other photographs which are described as
> 'Road surface made of limerock'
> The surface=gravel looks like nothing that i have ever seen and doesnt
> sound like a useful surface.
> Its important to get this right on a world basis, compacted or
> 'Australian' gravel  may be the most common road surface in the world.
> "Globally, far more roads are surfaced with gravel than with concrete
> or asphalt" Wikipedia gravel
> I would be interested to know whether the gravel and compacted surface
> types make any sense on a world basis and more importantly whether they
> are being correctly used.
> Tony
>> (sorry for a typo in a thread title, hopefully this was correct way  
>>   to solve it)
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Key:surface#Australian_.27gravel_road.27
>> Is it correct to tag road such as    
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:Gravelsign2.jpg
>> as surface=compacted?
>> Note: I replied that such tagging seems to e clearly matching, I also edited
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:surface%3Dcompacted
>> (below infobox on the right) and
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:surface%3Dgravel
>> with note that some roads signposted with "gravel road" may be
>> surface=compacted, not surface=gravel
>> Note: I never was in Australia, but based on images I am sure that   
>>  is surface=compacted,
>> still I prefer to verify it so I am making this post.
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