[Tagging] sidewalks

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Fri Aug 27 15:22:12 BST 2010

In construction zones, or if there is a steep embankment at the edge of the road, it is not uncommon for the guardrail or other safety barrier to be at the edge of the outermost driving lane, leaving nowhere for a pedestrian to walk except in the driving lane itself.  Also, for narrow ways such as alleys, the driving lane may extend right up to the buildings (I have seen some alleys narrow enough that a vehicle and a pedestrian can't safely pass each other).

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Subject :Re: [Tagging] sidewalks
From  :mailto:osm at inbox.org
Date  :Fri Aug 27 08:45:57 America/Chicago 2010

On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 9:30 AM, Nathan Edgars II <neroute2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 9:22 AM, Anthony <osm at inbox.org> wrote:
>> It may be legal to walk on private property next to a road at least
>> when a car's approaching (I don't really know, what if there's a "no
>> trespassing" sign?).  But it's not always even possible to do so.
> Roads are designed with a public "clear zone" next to the pavement
> (main driving surface). This area is always available for walking
> unless pedestrians are not allowed on the road at all.

All roads in the world were designed this way?  Do you have a citation for that?

> Do you have an example of a road where you don't think walking on the
> grass is legal but walking on the road is?

Not off the top of my head, no.  Why does it matter?  I have plenty of
examples where there is no grass.

Also, this situation comes to mind (I think this is the address,
though I can't find the exact sign I was thinking of) where there was
no sidewalk and a "no trespassing" sign.  But I suspect that wasn't
legally enforceable.


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