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Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Needs Mapping

Posted by chas678 on 15 December 2009 in English (English)

A number of sections of the BVRT are already open, including a new section at the end of November.
The rail trail has a website at http://www.brisbanevalleyrailtrail.org.au it's not yet been mapped: http://osm.org/go/ueEzWh

I'd be keen to map them, it seems OSM has nice tags for RailTrails already : http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Australian_Tagging_Guidelines#Rail_Trails

So... anyone up for a bike ride?

Location: Stafford Heights, Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, 4031, Australia

Comment from AshKyd on 15 December 2009 at 11:01

Interesting, I didn't realise we had anything like that. I'll have to check it out (whether someone else gets a trace of it first or not.)

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Comment from AshKyd on 15 December 2009 at 13:12

I noticed you just put in a section, but it needs a highway designation too.

Looks like it might very well be highway=track (out of the options of track & path. Check that wiki page for a rationale.)

Good work though. :)

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Comment from chas678 on 16 December 2009 at 00:49

Thanks Ash - I forgot to add highway=track :-)

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Comment from Unusual User Name on 16 December 2009 at 03:39

I'm pleased to find the rail trail is finally happening.

Considering that the rail trail association has no maps whatsoever on their site, mapping it would be a doubly good idea.

Can't help out though, sorry.

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Comment from daveemtb on 17 December 2009 at 14:28

I never understood why the wiki currently says not to add "railway=abandoned" to these kind of trails. It's accurate as the features of an abandoned railway remain (eg cuttings and embankments), it's useful info for cyclists as it tells you a lot about the gradients you might expect, and it's useful for people researching former railways. Surely renderers should be able to handle not plotting it as an abandoned railway on top of the cycleway, if that's really considered to be undesirable for the sake of clarity.

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Comment from AshKyd on 19 December 2009 at 09:52

Yeah, that is odd. :/

The course of a former railway which has been abandoned and the track and infrastucture removed.

That sounds kind of counterintuitive to not tag it as such. As there's no justification for that statement on the wiki, I'd probably tag it anyway.

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Comment from AshKyd on 19 December 2009 at 11:43

I've edited the wiki. Nobody in #osm and #osm-au can think of any reason not to tag it such.

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