Route types and Route Subtypes

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Types of routes or modes

The route type indicates the best way to travel this route, or which mode (= way to travel a route) this route is best suited for. For example: an MTB route, or a canoe route,... Each route can only have one route type! For example: a MTB route, or a canoe route,... Each route can only have one route type!

The route types are hierarchically structured behind the scenes (Read more about specifically searching for routes with a specific route type here).

Main levels

The following types for routes are recognized:

  1. Walking
  2. Cycling
  3. Motorcycling
  4. Horseback riding
  5. Boating
  6. Other


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

Below a highest level route type are a series of types at a lower sub-level.

An example:

This offers the advantage that when you search for a route you can search more generally or in more detail.

Overview of the types we recognize

Click here.

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

Getting found better

Suppose you are creating a cycling route that is suitable for a road cyclist. What type of route would be best?

But which option is best 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 road bike route and as a recreational cycle route. And that is why they give the general type of cycle route. But for the reasons mentioned above, this is not a good method. If you want to indicate it anyway, choose one of the two types that you consider most suitable, and put the information in your description. Or if you want to make it explicitly clear that the route is suitable for both types, save the route again under the other specific type (read more about saving route as)

Getting penalized for a too general route type

A route type that is too general such as "Cycle route" or "All" does not allow either the end user or RouteYou to judge whether that route is suitable.

An example: Suppose by cycle route you mean the specific type "recreational cycle route", then it is not a problem to choose gravel paths as a path. But if by cycle route you mean a road bike route, then gravel paths are definitely not suitable.

In short, a too general type is penalized and cannot get a higher score.

How to specify/change route types

This is how you can give your route a different type:

Edit your route.

Adding or linking more properties or characteristics to a route

You can give even more properties to the route by linking it to an attribute through attribute groups.

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