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surprising coicidence

Posted by Dion Dock on 6 November 2012 in English (English)

I noticed that Fort Rock, Oregon couldn't easily be found on the map and started making some edits in that area, including Christmast Valley. When the area finally got rendered, someone had already changed one of my edits (tracks to footways)! If you know this area of the state, you know it's remote. How strange to have someone else make an edit of the same are at the same time.

Speaking of remote, it's this sort of area where TIGER really scares me. Take a look at the map vs the satellite and ask yourself if you'd really want to drive around with nothing but a GPS for direction.

Comment from Sundance on 6 November 2012 at 21:37

I wasn't the one that changed the tracks to footways, but it does seem more appropriate;

A track is somewhat usable by vehicles http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dtrack

A footway is used more by pedestrians http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dfootway

A path is less defined than a footway http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dpath

So in this case footway or path would be appropriate, not track

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Comment from z-dude on 7 November 2012 at 08:48

Well, it looks like someone was there with a GPS, as there are is a gps track.

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Comment from Dion Dock on 8 November 2012 at 05:44

I should have mentioned that I was marking highways=track based on Bing! imagery; it's hard to tell whether cars are OK or not.

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Comment from z-dude on 10 November 2012 at 06:52

For me, normal cars use road=minor. Jeeps, logging trucks, farm tractors and all terrain vehicles can use Tracks.

A lot of tracks are turned into bridleways or cycleways. For example, you can have a service road on top of a dyke, mostly used as a bike path, but service vehicles will use it if they need to access the dyke for maintenance.

My guess, it that you may have tracks on the flat terrain with vehicles prohibited, with footpaths in the rocks of the crater rim.

I'm assuming the geography is due to being an impact crater.

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