[OSM-talk] MBR trails

Styno styno at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 20 08:23:30 GMT 2007

I'm trying to tag tracks with the similar setup (narrow, off-road, 
single-track) but with different soil composition (hard/clay/mud forrest 
floor or loose sand) and had an discussion about it on IRC with Ben who 
also does this kind of tagging.

Our conclusion was to tag these tracks using:
highway = cycleway
tracktype = grade1 to grade5

Where the tracktype is a proposed feature: 

Though we couldn't think of a better scheme, I do think tagging like 
this is still a compromise because:
a) according to the tracktype definition the narrowness suggests grade5 
while the hard surface (rocks) suggests grade2.
b) the tracks are rendered as cycleways (green line in osmarender) which 
  might give ordinary (city) bikers the idea that they can use this track.

Perhaps we need something really indicating a way as an offroad track 
using tags like: 'offroad_cycleway', 'XC' (cross country), etc.

Tracks that are also (officially) used by horses and/or pedestrians 
should be tagged: highway=bridleway/footway, horse=yes, footpath=yes, 
cycling=yes as defined in: 

As a sidenote: isn't the 'official' abbreviation for mountainbiking: MTB 
instead of MBR?

SteveC wrote:
> I've been doing similar but everything has been marked as a public 
> footpath or bridleway so I've tagged them as that.
> Andy Allan wrote:
>> Has anyone been tagging MBR (mountain biking) trails? I've spent the
>> last two weekends riding around, and I'm open to suggestions as for
>> tagging. I'm referring to trails that are built specifically for
>> mountain bikes and with no other purpose, generally narrow, rocky, and
>> suicidal if you were walking the other way!
>> http://flickr.com/photos/lazer/243047452/ - not my photo, but this
>> kind of thing.
>> highway=mbr?
>> Andy
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