[Talk-GB] Bridleway or track?

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Sun Mar 3 19:29:37 UTC 2019

I use evidence on the ground - is it wide enough for any type of four 
wheel vehicle & are there signs of wheel tracks.

I would disagree that bridleways only wide enough for a horse are rare.

If a track is designated as a public_bridleway by signage or definitive 
statement then there is right of access even if privately owned.

AFAIA a cart (or "a vehicle which is not mechanically propelled") the 
designation has to be a restricted_byway (or higher)

I would tag your example as a track.

Overpass in the UK returns:
bridleway/public_bridleway = 15495
track/public_bridleway = 9973

Please remember there are more renderings than just the 'standard' one 
on the main page.

On 03/03/2019 16:11, Martin Wynne wrote:
> What is the dividing line between:
>  highway=bridleway  designation=public_bridleway
> and
>  highway=track  designation=public_bridleway
> The wiki says a track must be suitable for farm vehicles, but it's a 
> rare bridleway that is only wide enough for a horse, and not for a 
> small tractor or 4x4 type vehicle.
> Which taken logically would mean that highway=bridleway would hardly 
> ever be used. But it's a useful indication for map users when rendered 
> -- in the UK at least a bridleway is almost always a public right of 
> way. Whereas a way rendered as a track is often private. The standard 
> renderings for a track differentiate between surface conditions, but 
> not access.
> Does a track require actual evidence of recent vehicular use? The wiki 
> doesn't say so. And must the vehicle be motorised? For example if the 
> last time a way was used by a wheeled vehicle was a horse and cart 50 
> years ago, was it then a bridleway or a track? And what is it now?
> If I tag a way as a bridleway, and then a few weeks later see a 
> tractor using it, should I change it to a track?
> For example, is this a bridleway or a track?
>  http://85a.uk/worc_way_1600x980.jpg
> Thanks,
> Martin.
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