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

Roy Wallace waldo000000 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 21:00:01 GMT 2009

On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 12:47 AM, Anthony <osm at inbox.org> wrote:
> I have to really doubt that 90% of ways tagged with path
> are "probably unsuitable for any traffic other than pedestrian".  Maybe 90%
> are unpaved, but unpaved does not mean "unsuitable for any traffic other
> than pedestrian".  And there's already a tag for surface=paved/unpaved.
> That's my problem with the current usage.  We shouldn't have a tag for
> surface=unpaved and a second tag for highway=surface_probably_unpaved.


>> highway=cycleway only used for well-engineered & public/permanant cycle
>> tracks (ie could you safely do 20kph on it)
> This could work too, with perhaps a jurisdiction-specific definition only
> for cycleway.

Shouldn't "jurisdiction-specific" labels be applied if desired with
designation=*? (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:designation)

> My only two (relatively small) problems are 1) something
> needs to be done quickly about inconsistent data like bicycle=path +
> surface=concrete/paved/asphalt/etc or bicycle=footway +
> surface=grass/ground/sand/unpaved/etc, before it gets too out of hand.

This only happens when tag definitions are made more complex than they
need to be.

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