A road is a thoroughfare, route, or way on land between two places that has been surfaced or otherwise improved to allow travel by foot or some form of conveyance, including a motor vehicle, cart, bicycle, or horse. Roads have been adapted to a large range of structures and types in order to achieve a common goal of transportation under a large and wide range of conditions. The specific purpose, mode of transport, and location of a road determine the characteristics it must have in order to maximize its usefulness. Following is one classification scheme.
A side road taken, instead of a turnpike or expressway, to avoid tolls or to travel at a leisurely pace.