[Tagging] Wheelchair ramp

Erik Johansson erjohan at gmail.com
Mon Dec 5 23:45:27 GMT 2011

On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 20:34, David Earl <david at frankieandshadow.com> wrote:
> On 02/12/2011 04:31, Josh Doe wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 10:37 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer
>> <dieterdreist at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> 2011/12/1 Martijn van Exel<m at rtijn.org>:
>>>>>> Is there a specific tag for a wheelchair ramp that is not part of a
>>>>>> steps feature?
>>>> I agree with Martin and others, it is a separate feature, but I do
>>>> think that it's also a distinct feature type and thus warrants its own
>>>> highway type, therefore I am going to go ahead and use
>>>> highway=access_ramp as David proposed.
>>> I agree that it might be desirable in some contexts (mainly
>>> statistics) to be able to identify these ramps distinctly, but for
>>> most contexts including routing it is the same as a footway. If you
>>> use a dedicated, low-use highway-tag you will risk to not get this
>>> feature evaluated at all (what is not desired here, IMHO). I suggest
>>> to use a subtag/attribute instead.
>> +1. I don't see the value in adding a new highway value. How do you
>> differentiate a ramp intended for the disabled and one intended for
>> all travelers? Thus I don't see it is substantially different than
>> highway=path. I'd favor highway=path + wheelchair=yes, and if you'd
>> like throw on access_ramp=yes as well which can give you special
>> rendering and stats if you'd like.
> I really don't care what the tagging is, so long as
> (a) there is a reasonable consensus
> (b) it represents the distinctive features of the object, and
> (c) it is documented
> (d) it doesn't keep changing
> The trouble with asking is that you get as many suggestions back as there
> are people listening, and then it goes quiet and you're no further forward.

I manage to keep quite sometimes... +1 is a great feature which sadly
only works on wikis.

> highway=access_ramp was the only remotely documented feature, even then as a
> proposal,

I don't tag tunnels as highway=footway_tunnel, let me suggest
ramp:wheelchair=yes a well used tag.


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