[Tagging] Tagging highway=cycleway without explicit knowledgeof the law?

Roy Wallace waldo000000 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 20:56:02 GMT 2009

On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 8:37 PM, Richard Mann
<richard.mann.westoxford at googlemail.com> wrote:
> I really wouldn't try to do something massively different from what has gone
> before. Instead it's probably better to use fewer tags more simply, and
> avoid using tags in situations & for meanings that are unclear/disputed.
> highway=path for rough paths
> highway=footway for paved paths
> bicycle=yes if bikes are definitely allowed, and unlikely to be revoked
> bicycle=permissive if it looks like the land is private and someone could
> attempt to ban cycling in future
> highway=cycleway only used for well-engineered & public/permanant cycle
> tracks (ie could you safely do 20kph on it)
> Noting that - the cycle map (now) renders
> highway=footway+bicycle=yes|permissive the same as highway=cycleway (might
> not hurt if some other renderings moved in the same direction)

But how would you expect this to solve the current problem? Do you
think it's just a matter of tweaking some wiki definitions?

Also, with the above proposed definitions, why is there a need to use
different top-level highway=* values just based on the surface?
There's a tag for surface, and it's called surface=*.

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