[Talk-us] Gravel roads and surface tags in the US

Harald Kliems kliems at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 18:25:53 UTC 2018

On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:10 PM Rihards <richlv at nakts.net> wrote:

> While possibly correct for western Europe, more eastwards that is not
> correct. A lot of compacted roads. By distance, probably more than paved.
> Pure gravel usually is reserved for smaller segments where very low
> travel speed is expected - like service roads for new residential
> development, driveways etc.
Yeah, I grew up in Germany, and while we have almost no unpaved
highway=unclassified and above, there is a dense network of agricultural
and forestry tracks that would fall under the current surface=compacted
definition. These generally have access restricted to non-motorized traffic
and forestry/agricultural use. Stuff like this:
Funnily enough, the way in that picture is also tagged as surface=gravel.

So I guess we North Americans aren't the only ones confused about this.

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