[OSM-newbies] Pavements and footpaths along streets

Craig Wallace craigw84 at fastmail.fm
Sun May 3 14:52:37 BST 2009

On 03/05/2009 11:27, Joe Richards wrote:
> Most - but not all - streets have a pavement on both sides which is a footpath. Some have a bicycle path as well.
> But the width/size/shape and presence/absence of these things varies and sometimes the footpath along a street can have stairs or other features as it follows the street/road.
> How should these things be tagged?
I think for most pavements / footpaths / sidewalks right next to roads 
they are not tagged. There have been a few suggestions for "sidewalk" 
tags, but I don't think they are commonly used.
If its a cycle path next to the road, you can tag the road/street with 
cycleway=track (or cycleway=lane if its on the road).

Or if the path if (slightly) separate from the road, you can draw it as 
a separate way, tagged with highway=footway or highway=cycleway or 
highway=path etc as appropriate. You can also tag this way with the 
usual width= or surface tags etc. Plus access tags for what is legally 
allowed, ie foot=yes, bicycle=yes
If it has stairs, then split the way, and tag that section with 

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