[OSM-newbies] Paths and Footways
jack.ixion at googlemail.com
Wed Jul 15 11:57:28 BST 2009
I guess footway is equal to the english footpath and path is a
On Jul 15, 2009 11:51 AM, "ael" <law_ence.dev at ntlworld.com> wrote:
Trevor Hook wrote: > Hi Folks > > I'm trying to get clear in my head the
difference between footway...
I had exactly the same confusion. "Footway" is somewhat odd to British
ears, I think, while "path" is natural. Also "footway" sounds urban
rather than rural.
However, when I started tagging all the new paths I added in my area,
one of the very experienced local people suggested that it was a mistake.
He suggested that tags should express the "main purpose" and that was
best expressed by "footway" rather than "path".
So "footway" applies to purpose, whether urban or rural.
The wiki at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dpath does
seem to say something along these lines: use it where none of the other
tags is obviously applicable (etc).
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