[Talk-GB] Bridleway or track?

Martin Wynne martin at templot.com
Fri Mar 15 23:38:37 UTC 2019

>> or record its actual usage? 
> Yes, in as much as "record its actual usage" is essentially the same as 
> "describe its usage".

Hi Andy,

I was meaning "describe its physical appearance".

For example, for:


I could tag it as:

highway=track  (physical appearance), or

highway=footway (legal status), or

highway=disused (evidence of use).

But presumably the designers of OSM intended only one of these meanings 
for the highway tag. But I still don't know whether it is physical 
appearance or legal status. The wiki seems to be mixed up on this. For 

1. highway=secondary (*legal status* - B road, and physical appearance, 
condition, etc. is irrelevant).

Actual width, etc., to be set as separate (optional) tags.


2. highway=track (*physical appearance* - wide enough for farm vehicles, 
and legal status is irrelevant).

Actual status, designation, etc., to be set as separate (optional) tags.



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