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On Paths and TrailsPosted by aweech on 22 September 2021 in English (English).
Later today (September 22, 2021) OpenStreetMap US is hosting a discussion on trail tagging. There has been a lot of chatter recently about how to map these, and the following summarizes my current thoughts on the matter going into tonight’s meeting. I wrote these up mainly as a way to organize my own thoughts, and I’m sure that my opinions will change after further discussion.
A path is any way not meant for wheeled motor vehicles. A trail is path or other way signposted or recommended by the landowner for use by those who are not in wheeled motor vehicles. Paths are mapped as ways, and trails are mapped as relations.
Paths that do not exist and never existed
These paths should be removed from OSM. If remote mappers keep restoring them, it may be worthwhile to leave the line tagged with only a
Paths that do not exist but recently used to exist
These paths should be tagged with
abandoned:highway=path where found, but ideally they should not have been added in the first place. If these paths are deleted, from my experience, locals will inevitably add them back.
Paths that exist but should not exist according to the landowner
informal=yes where found, but ideally they should not have been added in the first place. There are arguments to be made for using a different tag than
path, but none exists as of yet. Deleting these from OSM is futile as locals or remote mappers will inevitably add them back.
Paths that exist and are only to be used by the landowner and guests
access=private where found, but ideally they should not have been added in the first place.
Paths that exist and are tolerated
Paths that exist and are authorized
highway=path and include a surface tag
Paths that are part of trails
surface=* and include in a
Trails where the pathways used to exist but no longer do
highway=path along the most frequently-used bushwhack or along the line on the map provided by the landowner and include in a
type=route relation. Also, mark it up with
no and other tags to fully describe that there is no real path.