I’m plodding away towards a lovely 100% in Folkestone and Hythe, England - CityStrides and I’ve about 90 streets to get, meaning I’m having to focus on those that I passed by for one reason or another. I’ve also got the occasional solitary red blob in the middle of nowhere that I missed first time round that haunt my sleep!
Anyway, before I throw myself into editing OSM (as a complete bumbling amateur) I thought I’d query a few things with my esteemed fellow striders before getting myself in trouble for labelling Heathrow airport as a bridleway or some such calamity.
Up the road from me is the Channel Tunnel terminal which obviously is private property but continually has red blobs appearing in it:
One such road - Over Bridge 1 - CityStrides
I did change the whole road in OSM a while ago to Private but got told off by an editor who explained I shouldn’t do that because it prevents navigation software from routing through those roads; I’d effectively cut England off from France via the tunnel…oops.
What would be the best label for these roads do you think? They are on private property and you need a ticket to drive through but I’m not sure you’d be allowed to walk any of these roads either? Is the ‘access-customers’ the one to use?
Similarly, I have an army firing range not too far away that has a named road running across it: Ferguson Road - CityStrides
I guess ‘access-private’ for this one?
Last one - there are several country lanes that are unquestionably public roads but have no pavement to walk/run along and I feel are going to be too dangerous to complete safely because of the speed of traffic using them.
For instance - Elham Valley Road - CityStrides
This is actually a bus route as well and they fill the road from hedgerow to hedgerow!
I’ve tried to find a route into the nearby fields which occasionally works when I can stay close enough to the road. I’ve also tried having an early morning start but end up startling drivers who are not expecting some weirdo to be there!
I don’t feel I can tag these as ‘access foot-no’ because, depending on your attitude to risk, you may feel you could sprint up there one night - you do you, buddy!
I know I can always mark them as manually complete, but I’ve been loathe to do that up to this point, but maybe that is the safe option - for me anyway.
I’d be interested on your thoughts on this lot.