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I have been editing OSM for a while now in 5 areas
*San Gabriel Mountains
*San Fernando Valley
These are all in the Los Angeles area of Southern California USA
Sunland is my hometown and know it well, I like to experiment with various render features here
Burbank is the area where I work
The mountains is where I play
San Fernando Valley is well.... a mess. Everything I do in the other areas seems to flow to here and affect the SFV
I have decided to use the City of Los Angeles NavigateLA GIS as the source for names and road classifications
This is my official source for unnamed streets, unless I happen to be nearby.
Which brings up an interesting question when citing source it seems source for what? Source for the line on the map, source for the name, source for the various road features etc....
I have a Kensington Expert Mouse (Trackball) and find the programmable buttons useful for those common tags when editing with Potlatch, though for some reason the ALT modifier doesn't work...Plenty of available combination's with SHIFT & CTRL
Locally there are many gates that are closed only under certain conditions
Generally these are "poor" weather, but most of the dirt roads are closed after rain etc...
How does one document these caveats
many of the tags don't seem to adequately cover the permitted use
Here in the US, public lands mangers deal with motorcycles, atv, 4WD etc with a single term
Off Highway Vehicle or OHV
There are OHV parks run by the US State of California, BLM, Forest Service, private property owners, and other government agencies
These vehicles are generally not permitted on general purpose roads though not always, connections are sometimes allowed, they are not subject to certain vehicle registration, insurance, equipment, and operator requirements
here 4WD doesn't cover it as some OHVs are 2WD and perfectly capable of proceeding, some are only passable by motorcycle or highly modified jeeps etc
Seems like an OHV tag would be useful.
another designation under access would be helpful too
Many times while a certain use is permitted it is not recommended
access=not_recommended would better cover certain situations
The track at this location is following a firebreak, all be it one that hasn't been maintained in many many years
This is a common mode of Cross Country or XC travel here locally as trying to penetrate the dense chaparral is a painful and frustration experience for most.
Most of the currently maintained firebreaks are done with firefighting bulldozers caterpillar model D8 or similar heavy equipment
even so they frequently are very steep at 45° - 70°+ degrees
Less frequently these routes are cleared by hand using inmates
motorcycle=(sometimes yes genearally no)
motorcar= (sometimes yes genearally no) this would be better designated with 4WD=(sometimes yes genearally no)
There is a great deal of publically available data from various government agencies
most of this is in SHP or SDTS format
I can convert this to a GPX but... the system rejects it
If I try to add it as a track It is a jumble of lines connecting unrelated / out of sequence segments
Any suggestions as to how to format and upload upload this data ?
I have a great deal of data collected hiking the local mountain trails here in the Los Angeles California region
It is unclear to me what classification I should be using for these trails
highway=footway does not seem quite right to me
highway=path seems a better fit as many different users are allowed by administrators
This is the designation for the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) I have been using for my survey data
While sac_scale may be common in europe here we use the Yosemite Decimal System
for the PCT the YDS rating would be class 1
while some trails locally would have a YDS rating class 3 or class 4
Also there are many many roads in the mountains here within the "Angeles National Forest" This is a reserve administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USDA Forest Service or FS) many of these roads locally are open to FS vehicles and have locked gates and are mostly unpaved
"Forest" is a bit of a misnomer in describing this area as mostly there is no forest, there are forested areas and mostly chaparral scrub land with inaccessible very steep terrain
I have been using the following designation
the "access" value doesn't really do it for me. FS users with the proper key can open the gate. The forest service calls this administrative access, I have an administrative pass and gate key for hiking trail maintenance
How do I go about getting access=administrative as a tag?