[Tagging] sidewalks

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Tue Aug 31 03:01:16 BST 2010

I don't think that he has said that ALL grass should be marked as a footway, only that this particular strip of grass should be marked as a footway.  If enough people walk on that stretch of grass, it will eventually contain a bare-dirt path.  I don't see that we would necessarily need to wait until the bare-dirt path appears before tagging it.

-------Original Email-------
Subject :Re: [Tagging] sidewalks
From  :mailto:osm at inbox.org
Date  :Mon Aug 30 20:19:57 America/Chicago 2010

On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 7:48 PM, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2010/8/30 Anthony <osm at inbox.org>:
>>> The definition you quoted said: "way or path". In the aerial images
>>> posted here there was neither of them. If was just grass. No way.
>> I'm not sure which aerial you're referring, but I also don't see why a
>> strip of grass wouldn't qualify as a "way or path".
> http://www.nearmap.com/?ll=-34.854348,138.535446&z=22&t=h&nmd=20100614


Same answer?

>>> You can actually see informal footways/paths quite well in aerial
>>> imagery. If they are there and you have good resolution images.
>>> Usually the grass is only beneath then, because grass doesn't grow where
>>> people (or animals) walk (frequently). It disappears even if it was there before.
>> Well, all the places where I'd tag a footway are places where people
>> walk.
> +1. People can walk on almost every grass covered area, but I wouldn't
> invent footways just because you can walk there, I would tag them
> where people actually do walk.

Okay, but you're the only one who brought up tagging footways in the
middle of nowhere, just because there's grass there.

Grass is a legitimate surface for a footway.  That doesn't mean that
all grass is part of a footway, any more than all asphalt is part of a

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