[Tagging] Is a sidewalk always adjacent to a traversable road?

Josh Doe josh at joshdoe.com
Wed Aug 24 03:15:31 BST 2011

On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM, Nathan Edgars II <neroute2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8/23/2011 7:38 PM, Nathan Edgars II wrote:
>> http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/67469500 is an extension of a
>> sidewalk across a railroad, whereas the adjacent highway does not cross.
>> Is it incorrect to use footway=sidewalk here?

I would not use footway=sidewalk here. See below for rationale.

> In addition, how about a mid-block crosswalk?
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/67386026

That appears to be crossing a street, Delaney Avenue, so it should be
highway=footway + footway=crossing.

> Basically what I'm trying to get it is what footway=sidewalk tag is intended
> for. Is it for identifying only those footways that are parallel to roads,
> or for identifying the connected network of sidewalks?

I believe it's intended to indicate footways which are meant as
alternative paths of travel to streets specifically for use by
pedestrians. If you can't say "follow the sidewalk along XX Street"
about the footway=sidewalk way, then it's tagged incorrectly.

> Note that Orlando bans cycling on sidewalks, defining it to mean "a walkway
> intended primarily for pedestrians at the side of a street or in or through
> a public park or other property owned or controlled by the City of Orlando
> or an agency thereof."

As you have done, this should be tagged explicitly with bicycle=no,
since this law can vary from one city to the next, at least in the


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