[Talk-GB] driveway-becomes-track

Martin Wynne martin at templot.com
Sun Dec 13 13:00:00 UTC 2020

As the OP on this, all I can say is that in this part of the world, 
which includes that farm, that roadway would be called a "farm drive" 
(not "driveway") with double gates and a nameboard where it leaves the 
public road.

If you referred to the "track leading to the farm" the farmer might take 
offence after laying and rolling hardcore along it to make it suitable 
for all vehicles. A "track" is a narrow muddy lane between fields, and a 
farm at the end of one would typically be an old-time tumbledown affair, 
not one ready to receive delivery vans from Amazon.

However, my post was not about the naming, but about the rendering on 
the standard OSM map. Where at zoom level 15 driveways are not rendered, 
but lower-grade tracks and bridleways are. It doesn't make sense to a 
user of that map, although I can see the intended logic behind it.

The simplest solution would to remove the driveway tag and simply leave 
it as "service road". But that then causes it to be rendered on the 
standard map at the same width and colour as a minor public road, which 
is equally confusing to a map user. However, I notice that the entry 
gates have not been mapped, so adding those to a basic service road may 
be the best solution, and I will do that.



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