Route types and Route Subtypes

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Four types on the highest level

The following types for routes are recognized:

  1. BIKE (Cycle route)
  2. WALK (Walking and Hiking route)
  3. MOTOR (Car and Motorcycle route)
  4. OTHER (Other Route Types)

You can search for this type of routes via the search.

You can link more information to route via groups (read more about linking groups to routes)

The subtypes

Per type, it is possible to enter sub-types.

Walking and hiking route

  1. Hiking (=more sportive type of walk)
  2. Jogging
  3. Nordic walking
  4. Recreational walking
  5. Rock climbing
  6. Snowshoe walking

Cycle route

  1. Mountainbiking
  2. Racebike cycling
  3. Recreational cycling

Car and motorcycle route

  1. Recreational touring
  2. Off-road motorbiking

Other route types

  1. Bus
  2. Boat/Kayak/Canoe
  3. Horse
  4. Ice skates
  5. Inline skates
  6. Metro
  7. Train
  8. Tram
  9. Alpine ski
  10. Cross country ski

How to indicate the subtypes

The only way to indicate the subtype of a route is:

For the moment we recommend you to use the alternative for subtypes: groups

The alternative for subtypes for the moment is to attach characteristics to your route. The advantage of using groups is that you can attach multiple characteritics to a route: e.g. a cycling route can also be suitable for inline skating and jogging. That's not possible in the hierarchical Type and sub-type structure.

Why using this and why not subtypes?

Where do I see the subtypes?

As mentioned, the subtypes are not yet fully integrated so far, but we will do this in the future.

So what can you expect?

What will happen with the characteristics?

When we switch completely, we will automatically translate the characteristic groups to subtypes where possible. These characteristic groups which have a subtype substitute will disappear in time. So you will not have to do any work. And we will inform you wehn we change this by mail.

Why you should give a specific route type, rather than a general one

Suppose you make a cycle route that is suitable for a race bike (road bike). Which type should you give your route?

  Option A-General: You can specify the general type "bicycle", which includes "race cycle", "recreational bike" and "MTB".
  Option S-Specific: You can specify the specific type of "race cycle"

But what is the best practive and why?

Best Practice! Give a specific type to your route, rather than a general type.

This has the following advantages:

Some users want to indicate that the route is suitable both as a racing cycle route and as a recreational cycle route. They conclude that the general type "bicycle" is the bes choice. But for the reasons mentioned above, that is not a good method. If you still want to indicate the route is suitable for both, choose one of the two types that you consider most suitable, and place the info in your description. Or if you want to make it explicitly clear that the route is suitable for both types, then save the route again under the other specific type (read more about "save route as").

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