[Tagging] Proposed definition for cycleways

Steve Bennett stevagewp at gmail.com
Tue Jan 5 03:30:19 GMT 2010

On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 7:27 AM, Roy Wallace <waldo000000 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Let me say back to you what you just said: "A cycleway is a cycleway
> if someone would call this a bike path". IMHO that's not helpful.

Well, I*M*HO, it's close to perfect. If you (well, a reasonable person with
some common sense when it comes to bike paths - not something Roy would
admit to :)) looked through a map, and every time you saw something mapped
as a bike path, it corresponded to something you thought of as a bike path -
that would be perfect.

The primary purpose of OSM is to create useful maps, not to provide some
kind of look-up service for the real world. "Can someone tell me how wide
that gravel track is down near that shed? Oh, 1.2m, thanks OSM!" - no, it's
more like "How do I get to Jim's house - oh OSM says there's a bike path,
I'll try that".

But I fear we're about to go down some very old, tired ground here, so Roy,
may I suggest you tread carefully :)

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