[OSM-talk] MBR trails

Nick Whitelegg Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Tue Mar 20 10:23:10 GMT 2007

>> Our conclusion was to tag these tracks using:
>> highway = cycleway
>> tracktype = grade1 to grade5
>> Where the tracktype is a proposed feature:
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Proposed_features/grade1-5

>I find 1-5 a bit abstract... meaningful tags might be nice (and could be
>used elsewhere) along the lines of dirt, mud, gravel... that kind of 

I think that this would be very useful in areas where there are a lot of 
unofficial paths, which do not differ in terms of official classification 
but which do differ in terms of surface and general state of the path.

For footpaths, the following tracktypes would be useful (tracktype is 
better than surface, as not all differ based on surface):

tracktype = gravel (wide gravel track)
tracktype = dirt (dirt track, but definitely a *Track* not a *path*)
tracktype = path (regular path)
tracktype = narrow_path (narrow path, only just discernible, common in the 
New Forest)
tracktype = concrete (concrete path. Over the weekend I mapped a country 
park close to an urban area and there were several concrete-surfaced paths 
which would be useful to distinguish)

The question of course remains... how can renderers best represent all 
these types of path in addition to their official highway status 
(footpath, bridleway etc)? Creative application of colours and dash 
patterns required I suspect...


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