The level of safety provided by bicycle routes on OSM varies quite dramatically. For example, part of the Olympic Discovery Trail is on a 50 mph highway with heavy traffic and no shoulder or sidewalk. This is in stark contrast to the Sammamish River Trail, which is completely separated from motor vehicle traffic and feels very safe to ride on. Both are tagged as a regional bicycle route. This can be pretty misleading if you’re looking at a map and trying to decide the best way to get somewhere.
Are there any proposals for an indicator of safety for bike routes (or segments of bike routes), perhaps similar to the SAC scale for hiking trails or the difficulty of ski runs? I’m aware that such a proposal would come with some controversy, just as the SAC scale did.
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