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On our OS maps we have paths and tracks, and any with an additional green small dash is a legal footpath right of way, and longer green dashes are a bridleway right of way. The OS map legend explicitly states ‘The representation on this map of any other road, track or path is no evidence of the existence of a right of way’, but many are fine for public use anyway. It is a bit confusing sometimes….
I agree adding bicycle=yes, foot=yes to ways tagged designation=public_bridleway where appropriate, and myself paying more attention to mapping the surface could work. Accurate surface tags would mean not needing to colour bridleways similar to mountain bike trails (like I originally suggested), and this way a track, road etc with designation=public_bridleway would now show as having legal cycle access, even when the original mapper didnt put a bicycle=yes tag.
Thanks for looking into this. I get walkers complain at me sometimes for being on a bike on ‘their path’, so its useful to be able to show them that I’m on a legal bridleway
Thanks for the replies. I’ve been a little reluctant to tag bridleways with bicycle=yes as I didnt want to mislead people into thinking that they are suitable for any bike. Opencyclemap.org seems to render most things with bicycle=yes the same as surfaced bike routes (just dashed blue lines). This example renders as a blue cycle path in elevate and opencyclemap, but you wouldnt ride a road bike down it, even though it is legal and fine for a mtb.
It looks like John’s voluntary Locus theme does what I’m describing, where bridleways on tracks are highlighted, although in this example the footpath has rendering priority over the bridleway. Is this because it lacks a bicycle=yes tag?. Again, it has a legal right of way for bikes, but is not a nice cycle path, it is a muddy bridleway track, so I’m hesitant to tag it and have it rendered as a blue cycle path.
Finally, John, would adding ncn to the network tag of the Pennine Bridleway relation help fix the issue of it not being displayed, for Voluntary at least?