Open Transport Mode Definitions

We have been asked by several organisations to publish a table of mode definitions, as used in our Open Standard:

IDMode Description
001on foot where the person is a pedestrian (used for complete end-to-end journey mapping)
002cycleincludes both human-powered pedal cycle and ebike, typically rented or shared but also possibly privately owned (for complete end-to-end journey)
003moped & motorbikeincludes shared & privately-owned self-powered vehicles (for complete end-to-end journey)
004scooterincludes human and electric/battery powered where passenger steps in/on
005segwayincludes any motorised self-balancing personal platform and also electric unicycles
006carincludes any vehicle where the driver is also a passenger, such as: car / van vehicle rental, car pool & car club
007bus includes any vehicle typically greater than 8 seats.. such as a mini bus
008tramincludes any guided vehicle, such as streetcars (motor or cable-powered) and also trolleybuses that are limited by overhead power lines
009metro & subwayincludes any light rail transit and their interconnecting systems, whether over or under the ground (e.g. Glasgow subway & London DLR)
010train includes intercity, Eurostar / TGV, funicular, etc. carried on either tracks or mono-rail (incl. MagLev)
011water bus includes river buses, typically just passenger service with multiple stops
012water ferryincludes passenger only and also passenger & vehicle (especially ‘roll-on roll-off’)
013airincludes aeroplane, helicopter taxi, etc.
014car parkingincludes on-street & off-street (e.g. dedicated building or airport short & long stay)
015taxiincludes any vehicle where the driver is NOT a passenger
016suspended cable carincludes any aerial cable cars, such as London “Emirates Air Line”, Barcelona Montjuïc & Port Cable Cars and New York Roosevelt Island Tramway

If anyone would like to consider any additions or changes to these, please see our published amendment process:

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