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If street names are changed to abbreviate the type of street (Dr, St, Pky, Ave, Blvd, etc.), as suggested on this page, will Waze pronounce them all correctly?
- Yes. I've confirmed it first hand. Doctorkb 02:08, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Waze road types for Canada
Highways in Canada (specifically Ontario and Quebec, my only experience) are different than ones in the US. According to the US road types we would have no (or few) major highways. Several highways are major, but not limited for example in the Montreal/Ottawa area.
148 117 125 132 138 in Quebec, which are major compared to 300 series routes which are in yellow.
17 138 38 7 in Eastern Ontario, this would distinguish them from county roads which are all yellow.
It would be far more useful for Canadian wazers to have these as major highways, how about we define standards for Canada?
How about out west and the maritimes? I don't know the road systems out there but are there similar problems?
- Out west: coming from Alberta & BC, there are few "Major" highways -- for most of these provinces, you'll see two major routes going east-west (TCH Hwy 1 & TCH Hwy 16), and one or two major routes going north-south (BC 5, 97/97C; AB 2).
- As most of these routes pass through cities, the US definitions break (there are stop lights, for example, on the TCH 1 through Calgary).
- I would propose that we not downgrade these routes to "Minor" when they pass through a city -- it is useful for those from outside the city to know the official route they are trying to follow, even if it's not the most major of streets in that locale. doctorkb
- Agreed. We are going to have a hard time coming up with a national standard; it's going to have to be province-by-province standards. As a starting point for discussion, I would suggest copying the U.S. definition for freeway (multilane, can get on or off only at ramps). For "major highway", a definition that might work for Alberta would be a highway where a significant part of it is multilane divided, but traffic can enter at lights or stop signs. But in Atlantic Canada, northern Ontario, northern B.C., etc., they might want some two-lane highways to be "major". And "minor highway" would be anything else with a provincial highway number. Erablian 21:49, 26 November 2012 (UTC)
Thoughts on rural roads? Primarily AB and BC (where I'm most experienced). Saskatchewan and Manitoba probably follow along in similar fashion from what I remember of my brief trips through. My personal opinion is that gravel TWP and Range roads should be of Street types while paved TWP and Range roads should be Primary types. I believe this would have the advantage of routing down a preferred paved road, similar to the FC system being used in Edmonton and others. mtylerb 13:56, 17 July 2015
- Additionally, the Dirt Road/4x4 type roads are very difficult to see on the map. Street allows them to be sufficiently visible. mtylerb 20:38, 17 September 2015
- ABSOLUTELY NOT. The Dirt Road/4x4 has the added feature of being avoidable in the client settings. If a road is not paved, it MUST be set to Dirt. If it is paved, Twp and Rge roads can be set to PS or Street -- there was some guidance on this in the forums as far as how many to set as PS (vs Street) when there are a bunch that are paved. If you have your client set to permit Dirt roads, then they're considered PS in the routing engine. Doctorkb (talk) 21:05, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
- How does the client respond when the dirt road is the only method of accessing an address? Does it treat it as a private road and still direct traffic down that route? mtylerb 23:28, 18 September 2015
Street names and abbreviations
The default (system generated?) street names of many streets in Canada are not abbreviated. Will these names be auto updated by the system? It would be a huge amount of work to edit all the street names to show abbreviations as suggested.
- Think of it this way -- it's an easy way to get to 100K or 200K edits! :) Doctorkb 21:52, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Long low-speed 'highways'
There are areas in Ontario where roads are technically 'minor highways' and yet are 50 or even 40km/h zones and we're routing people through them despite having no increased speed or capacity for their travel. We really need a policy for re-designating long stretches of low-speed 2-lane roadways as at best 'primary street'. Examples: East St in Bobcaygeon and O'Brien/Raglan in Renfrew (which is *not* a major highway) --Tallfastcanadian (talk) 01:51, 12 August 2015 (UTC)