[Talk-ca] Adding a trail to OSM that is also a road

Brian Lang brilang at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 04:15:03 UTC 2014

In this case, the road is a Forest Service Road - often meaning low quality
road, infrequent maintenance, lots of potholes and creeks running over the
road. 4x4 recommended but in this particular case not required. I have both
hiked and driven this section of road. The Trans Canada Trail IS the road.

I was thinking it might be best to put a parallel set of lines for the
Trans Canada Trail due to the fact that the road is not always open to
vehicles. But as I'm new to using OSM, I figured I'd ask first.

*Brian Lang*
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On Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 10:39 PM, Brian Lang <brilang at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have added part of the Trans Canada Trail between Chilliwack, BC and
> > Chilliwack Lake to OSM. I've designated it as Bridleway with foot=yes and
> > bicycle=yes. I've also marked it as network=ncn and added incline=x%
> where
> > appropriate. This trail has been added from my own GPS tracks.
> Good job.  :-)  Local mapping and checking multiple sources is a good
> way to do it.
> > I have now come to a stretch of trail that is also a road. How should I
> add
> > the trail to OSM for the section that is the Liumchen Forest Service Road
> > where that road is also the Trans Canada Trail? The road is not always
> open
> > to vehicles, but it is at present.
> Responding with only general impressions as I have no local knowledge.
>  Where a trail shares another bit of infrastructure, like a road, I'd
> probably tag the road sections first, in a way that would be expected
> for the road.  Then I'd split the way(s) where the trail joins and
> leaves the road(s).  I would not change the tagging of the road ways.
> I would add the road ways between the trail entry and exit to the
> trail route relation.
> I find that process to be a simple way to tag the aspects of the way
> (surface=asphalt, lanes=2, oneway=yes, etc.) and the aspects of the
> route name="Trans Canada Trail", horse=yes, bicycle=yes, etc.
> Does that help?
> Best regards and happy mapping,
> Richard
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