I recently purchased a trail map for an area of interest, the trails
of the Boise Front, so that I can use the proper trail names when
coding in XML format. A couple of features of this map that we are
missing in current format are the ability to describe the type of
road or trail, such as Roads, Streets, Gravel Roads, Primitive
Roads, Dual-track trails, ATV trails, single-track trails, and also
the ability to describe the modes of travel allowed (or possible).
Such as 4-WD, Motorized, Non-Motorized, pedestrian only, horse and
pedestrian only (Mountain Bike excluded), etc.
I think that this is something like a link, where in a route between
waypoints we might want all of these properties. I think that for a
trail we would also want all of these properties.
With this added data, I could post a trail or route without
misleading a person into the type of travel possible.
We could use tags such as <way>, one only, for air, road, street,
trail, etc, and <mode>, multiple allowed, for modes of travel.
What do you all think?