WikiProject Belgium/Conventions/Walking Routes
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Mapping of walking and/or biking routes must be restricted to routes signposted by an official tourism agency that is assigning the node numbers, if any, and writing them to the signs.
Long distance routes (GR)
Tagging examples (for relations):
The GR 5 path, which runs from Bergen op Zooom in the Netherlands to Nice in France.
The GR AE path which runs from the Ardennes to the Eifel.
The RAVeL (Réseau Autonome de Voies Lentes) network stretches across Wallonia . These routes are for walking, cycling, horse riding and skating. They're currently tagged as cycle routes (see here, but will need walking route tags as well once.
Walking node networks
Since the cycle node networks were such a success, walking node networks also started appearing in some places. They work entirely the same as the cycle node networks, but only cover small areas.
The way of tagging is almost the same. A node is tagged like:
A "35" node in the network.
The routes between the nodes are created with relations like:
A route between two nodes. The "note" and "operator" keys are optional. Do not use the "ref" tags, they cause a rendering mess.
When the routes follow different roads in both directions between two nodes, use the proper "forward" and "backward" roles for each relation member. See Relations/Routes for details.
Information on more complex tagging situation (for example two nodes with same node number) can be found on the dutch OSM forum or applied from the extensive article on cycle networks, which to a degree follow the same logic.
Local walking routes
With local walking routes we generally mean all other walking routes, which usually make a loop back to its starting point, and can therefore be seen as the same type of route as the themed cycle routes.
Categorizing them may be hard, since every municipality seems to have their own way of signing. Furthermore some other organizations have also put signs all over Belgium. An overview of the local walking routes in Flanders can be found here and for Wallonia here.
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|route=hiking||Sometimes route=foot is used. No consensus is reached on this. Probably doesn't matter much, as data consumers would look for both.|
If applicable. In Wallonia, walking routes are given a reference, which can be found here under "Les itinéraires reconnus". For example: TE10 from column "Code"
For example "33. Chicheux", taken from "Nom Promenade" in the above referenced document, including any sign ID on website.
For Wallonie, the name in the column "Concepteur" in the above referenced document "Les itinéraires reconnus" is taken and it's URL. (SI Theux http://www.sitheux.be/
For Flanders, this can be Natuurpunt or Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen for example.
red:white:red_stripe see waymarkedtrails' help osmc, see Tarpan maps?
In km, decimal separator is a dot, without unit. For example: 5.5
Only if applicable. When the routes are one direction only, use the proper "forward" and "backward" roles for each relation member. See Relations/Routes for details.
The Geitepad ("Goat path"), a walking route in Wilrijk in Antwerp
The markup of local touristic walking routes is strictly ruled by the regional decree of 1 April 2004 (amended 2005-07-20 and 2008-10-23). Valid colours are red, yellow, blue and green. The routes are globally administered by the CGT (Commissariat Général du Tourisme). More information and links to decrees and annexes on its page: Les itinéraires touristiques balisés
See also :
Flanders: coloured symbols on a white hexagonal plate
Natuurpunt has a large number of local walking routes all over Flanders. The routes have one or several information signs with the name of the route, and the signs with arrows have, next to a colour, also a shape, like a rectangle or triangle. In some cases a logo is used, like the "Aardgas" logo.
This is the list of possible values for the symbol=* tag:
(*) when the route is signed with this logo, you shouldn't use the colour=* tag.
Similarly many routes (e.g. those of the 'Regionale Landschappen') are marked with these signs:
Some examples of names: Oudsberg Rode driehoek, Mechelse Heide Blauwe ruit, ...
(*) The trapezium and boat are not yet supported on Waymarkedtrails.
(**) Only when it is a proper walking route <-> aanlooproute, verbinding