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Thursday 8 October
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Hi, doesnt allow long stretches of footpath to be used in a route, presumably because its forbidden.

However some of the footpaths are actually large paved or gravel tracks traverse-able by car. They appear correct in OS and Openstreetmap but not on the map. This means I cant create a cross-country route that is in reality perfectly fine for bikes.

If the map cant be changed, is there any way of overriding the footpath routing prevention?



Mon 12 Oct, 16:41

Often the cause is that the path hasn't been marked ("tagged") properly in OpenStreetMap.

In particular, in the UK, if it's marked as a track (highway=track), it needs to be expressly marked as open to bikes (bicycle=yes). Without that, won't route along it – basically because I don't want to send people down private tracks! Fixing this in OSM will fix it in next time a routing update takes place.

But if the path is genuinely closed to bikes, and you want to plan a route along it nonetheless, you can do this:

  • Add a via point at the start of the section
  • Add another via point at the end of the section (there'll probably be a long looping route between the two)
  • Click on the first via point and choose "Go direct" will then draw a straight line between the two.

Thu 22 Oct, 16:57

Many thanks for your reply Richard.

The 'direct via' is a neat little hack to get routes looking much more realistic, so thanks for that. Every day is a school day.

With respect to getting data correctly tagged in OSM, is it a case of emailing the developers (which im guessing would be a long shot) or is it like a wiki which you can adjust yourself and submit changes?

Mon 26 Oct, 08:53

colnolshoe, you can create an account and then edit the OSM yourself.