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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
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Status: in use


The key network:type=* can to used to specify the type of network, especially when the key network=* is used for other purposes. The key is used in particular in the tag network:type=node_network.

This tag network:type=node_network is used on recreational route relations, node network relations and junction nodes to indicate they are part of a node network. A node network is a recreational route network consisting of numbered junctions connected by node-to-node routes. Node networks for cycling and hiking are common in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. In some other countries they are emerging. Node networks for horse riding, paddling (canoe) are being developed.

In the case of node networks the key network=* is used to describe the scale and mode of transport, e.g. network=rcn describes a regional cycling network. Therefore network:type=* should be used to distinguish these networks from other routes.

<nowiki>In Germany the features of numbered node networks overlap with a quite similar system of signposting of exactly defined routes between unnamed nodes, which is in part still in development. This results in the existence of an underlying network with more nodes and routes than the numbered nodes and additional routes which are not covered by the numbered node network. Partly they belong to other longer routes over several nodes, but other nodes still have basic connections. To describe this underlying network and especially these not otherwise defined routes a tag network:type=basic_network is going to be proposed.


Key Value Element Comment Photo
network:type node_network noderelation A network consisting of numbered junction nodes connected by node-to-node routes.
network:type basic_network relation Proposal prepared: Routes of a uniformly marked network, that are not part of the numbered node network; or possibly all routes of the underlying network which form numbered node network routes, theme routes, roundtrips etc..

Other values for the key network:type may be added when other recreational network systems arise.

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