Proposed features/mtb uphill

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This tag is to be given to any way that can only be cycled down on a mtb in one direction, just like the oneway_yes tag for cars. This tag should be given with an average mtbiker in mind. If only a professional would have the skills and power to go up a way it should be given nevertheless. It shall only be used for the sections of a way that is unrideable in one direction. So one may have to split a way into two or more parts for proper attribution. If a way is in both directions unpassable, then mtb=no should be given instead.

Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: extremecarver
Tagging: mtb_uphill=yes/hardly/unsuitable/
Applies to: linear
Definition: A key that should define how easy it is to mtbike a way uphill. This is not a key:access. See below for usage examples.
Drafted on:
Proposed on: 2008-11-20
RFC start: 2008-11-20
Vote start: *
Vote end: *

Replaced by

Proposed features/mtb:scale replace it, the rest is kept for archives Sletuffe 23:20, 26 November 2008 (UTC)


Provide a general key for mtbiking way uphill.

  • Especially for mtbkiking trails, it is crucial to know wether a trail is suitable for mtbiking or not.
  • Since Google Maps and the like are pretty unusable for mtbiking (because they denote only very few trails), this is a region where OSM can be of great value soon and for a long time.
  • Many mtbikers already utilize GPSs and are amongst the foremost contributors of offroad highway data. It would be great to win as many of them as possible as contributers to OSM.

The goal of this page is to help create OSM maps from a mountain bikers perspective. This page is a translation of the German version that started the topic. This whole project is created so that there will be consistent tagging of mtb related features to tracks and pathes). Please help by voicing your support so that mountainbikers can be sure of how to quickly tag ways and knowing that they can profit from it getting mtb specific maps once the renderers have the certainity of how the ways are mapped.

This is one subset of several Proposals brought in concering

key comment
mtb_uphill=yes/hardly/impossible/unknown Should be used on highway=path AND mtb=yes, for classification of ways for uphill mtbiking.

Applies to

highway=path AND mtb=*

Usage, Tags and Values

This tag shall be given to ways suited for uphill mtbiking. It shall classify the difficulty of using a way for uphill mtbiking.

Please help by adding comments here on how we can easily add classes for mtbiking uphill.




Generally, I think tag proposals do not necessarily need rendering definitions at all. First, there are many different renderers (Mapnik, Osmarender, Mkgmap) with different abilities in terms of colors and patterns. Second, this decision is independent of the tag schema. I have created rendering rules for Garmin maps on this page: OSM_Map_On_Garmin/mtb_map Other renderers might use this as an input on how to make use of the mtb key scheme.


Please use Discussion page


Please help me by putting in a date and making this official.