[Tagging] shared driveways (was How to tag un-named roundabout?)

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at googlemail.com
Sat Nov 21 00:30:49 GMT 2009

You maybe ain't going to like this, but the usual distinction in the UK is
that residentials are (typically) 6m+ wide and have pavements/sidewalks,
whereas service is for urban roads which don't have pavements/sidewalks.


On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 7:22 PM, Anthony <osm at inbox.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 1:31 PM, Greg Troxel <gdt at ir.bbn.com> wrote:
> > Anthony <osm at inbox.org> writes:
> >> But I've come across situations where the unnamed road is not a
> >> roundabout, though.  In one of these cases I used
> >> highway=unclassified, because it was just a dirt road that was really
> >> just a shared driveway (it was imported from TIGER because it used to
> >> be a real road).
> >
> > here, the question is the road's legal status.  If it's a private or
> > public way going to houses, it would be highway=residential.  If it's
> > really a driveway legally now, highway=service service=driveway, or
> > highway=track if it's really atrocious.  MassGIS data has a lot of
> > driveways showing up as ways that got mapped to residential, and I've
> > been fixing them in my town.
> What's the legal distinction between a "private way going to houses"
> and a "shared driveway"?  The road in question is definitely private -
> if the shared owners want to put up a gate and restrict access to the
> way, they have every right to do so.  So I'd say it's *both* a
> "private way going to houses" *and* a "shared driveway".
> Another situation which I run into more often is the case of a private
> road owned by a condominium association (or mobile home park), or by
> an apartment complex.  Should these be tagged as something other than
> highway=residential?  I've always reserved highway=service for
> non-residential roads.  I now see on the wiki that highway=service can
> also be used with service=driveway, but what's the distinction between
> a driveway and a private road owned by a condominium association or an
> apartment complex?  One distinction is whether or not the way is
> shared, but then a shared driveway is shared as well.
> Cross-posting to talk-us, this might be a US-specific issue.
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