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Hello! I'm rather new to OSM and I need a little help choosing the tags/type for a specific kind of path I'm having trouble categorizing. Here are the specifics:

  • These are paths within private garden allotments. But they're always open and non-members are allowed to walk through them.
  • A narrow gate at the entrance allows pedestrians and bicyclists access, but the gates are sometimes opened for cars if someone needs to bring something heavy to their garden.
  • Never seen snowmobiles, horses, or wheelchairs being used there.
  • Some paths are named and have signs like roads.
  • The surface type is mowed grass.
  • Example photos:
  • Region I'm working on.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

asked 17 Sep '18, 00:12

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highway=track, bicycle=permissive, foot=permissive, motor_vehicle=private, surface=grass, name=(whatever the name is)

(you could make an argument for highway=footway instead, but the width seems to merit =track to me. There are some Maoists out there who will suggest highway=path)

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answered 17 Sep '18, 12:59

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edited 17 Sep '18, 13:01


Certainly these are tracks in UK allotments, always wide enough to allow a vehicle in, even if they are used rarely for that purpose. tracktype would also be a tag to condiers.

(17 Sep '18, 13:44) SK53 ♦

Thank you Richard, this answers my question.

(18 Sep '18, 14:05) Cambroulet

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