[OSM-talk] Path vs footway vs cycleway vs...
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Sun Nov 29 02:20:31 GMT 2009
On Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 8:15 PM, Roy Wallace <waldo000000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM, Anthony <osm at inbox.org> wrote:
>> When is there a path and when is there not a path? I walk through an
>> area of grass every time I go to the park near my house. Isn't that a
>> "path" which is part of "reality"?
> An area of grass is - to me - not a path.
Never? Or just not generally?
What if the grass is slightly bare?
Cut short? http://www.agrigarden.co.nz/Data/Media/Images/Path%20through%20grass%20resize.jpg
Through an otherwise impassible area?
Marked by a sign? http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/images/5/52/PathSnowmobile.jpg
> A path, IMHO, is something
> that exists independently of people walking or not walking on it (i.e.
> usually you can *see* that it resembles a path).
Usually, or always?
Usually, fine, I agree. Always, that just doesn't coincide with my
definition of "path". To me, the fact that you can usually recognize
a path is an effect, not a cause.
If there were some other tag for me to use (say highway=grass), fine.
But none of the other highway tags are appropriate, and the routing
information needs to be designated somehow. The area of grass I have
in mind exists in a legal right of way. It's not like I'm talking
about cutting through someone's backyard. It's a perfectly legitimate
path of travel. It should provided in walking directions. And that
means having some sort of highway tag.
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