[Talk-us] What does the community want from a US local chapter?

Brad Neuhauser brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Fri Sep 30 19:56:12 BST 2011

Brian, just to save you the trouble, the closest there is to a standard is
the FHWA Highway Functional Classification System.  There's a wiki page [1]
and lengthy discussion about its pros and cons on this page if you want to
wade through [2].  Definitely would be a new thread if you want to continue
that discussion...


[2] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:United_States_roads_tagging

On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 1:45 PM, Brian Wilson <brian at wildsong.biz> wrote:

> > Personally I'd think a per-state consensus would already be quite good.
> > Greece and Norway use different tagging schemes - so why would anyone be
>  "held back" if Texas uses something other than Alaska?
> Simply put, Greece and Norway are different countries. When I drive
> across the border into California, we still use the same nomenclature
> for roads.
> Having 50 committees to decide the naming is another way of saying "it
> will never happen".
> When I was on the Bike/Ped committee in my town (not this one) the
> traffic engineers referred to AASHTO for standards. (See
> transportation.org.) My guess is they have standards for it already.
> I'd start by finding out if that's true and then put their names into
> the wiki as the starting point. Asking Portland Metro for help would
> be a good idea, I will write to them directly in a moment but I am
> pretty sure they read this list.
> I know looking at the Brit names in OSM that they don't work here, we
> are "two countries separated by a common language."
> --
> Brian Wilson
> Corvallis Oregon
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