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

Anthony osm at inbox.org
Thu Aug 25 12:41:55 BST 2011

On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 4:30 AM, Simone Saviolo
<simone.saviolo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Woah, stop :-) What I meant is:
> - we've always said that each way should represent a linear feature;
> - for highways, this means a carriageway. If a road has a single two-way
> carriageway, i.e., if a car going from A to B can go on the opposite lane
> (the one used by those who go from B to A), then it should be drawn as a
> single way. If there is an actual physical separation such as a barrier (for
> example on motorways) then there are two carriageways and two ways should be
> drawn (*usually* each one would be one-way).
> - it is disputed whether to draw two ways where two lanes are divided by a
> traffic island (which is a legal strict separation, even stricter than the
> continuous line, but not a physical separation)

That's what's said, anyway.  Personally I've always considered it
false to say that these two lanes aren't physically separated.  Those
lines drawn on the ground aren't figments of my imagination.

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