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

Anthony osm at inbox.org
Sun Aug 28 02:26:25 BST 2011


On Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 8:01 PM, Nathan Edgars II <neroute2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8/27/2011 6:23 PM, Anthony wrote:
>>
>> What's the difference?  An area which is not meant for foot traffic is
>> not a sidewalk under Florida law.
>
> I guess this is the sort of thing I'm thinking of:
> http://daviswiki.org/The_grass_sidewalk
> I wouldn't call it a sidewalk in any sense other than the legal sense, yet
> it is obviously used by and (at least unofficially) meant for foot traffic.

Fortunately our tags aren't based on what you would call things (nor
mine - I certainly wouldn't call a sidewalk a footway or a highway!).

Are you saying this is not a highway=sidewalk, but it would be a
legally recognized sidewalk if it were in Florida?

"part of a highway" - check; "set aside for the use of pedestrians" -
check; "often separated from the carriageway (or roadway) by a kerb
(also curb)" - check.

"portion of a street" - check; "between the curbline, or the lateral
line, of a roadway and the adjacent property lines" - check; "intended
for use by pedestrians" - check.

Seems to meet both definitions to me.



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