[OSM-talk] MBR trails

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Tue Mar 20 19:08:00 GMT 2007

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Styno wrote:
> 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: 
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Proposed_features/grade1-5

The problem with this is that if something or someone sees
highway=cycleway, they might try to send an ordinary cyclist along it.
highway=cycleway implies that a normal person can cycle it on a normal
bike to me.

In my opinion, in general, if an end user sees only one tag, it
shouldn't lead them to believe that something is possible (or safe) when
it isn't. See the various news articles about trucks getting stuck in
narrow lanes after following sat-nav directed short cuts.

Robert (Jamie) Munro
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