[Tagging] How to tag pipestems (shared driveways)

Brad Neuhauser brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Sat Feb 26 13:42:45 GMT 2011

I'm not clear why this is all that different from an alley which might have
garages along it.  Creating a new tag here seems like overkill to me.
Couldn't you just use one of the service values (driveway, alley, or just
keep it at service), and add access tag, operator, etc.?  I know taxonomies
are fun, but don't see how "pipestem" adds much information.


On Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 6:52 AM, Josh Doe <josh at joshdoe.com> wrote:

> How do we differentiate between driveways and pipestems? Pipestems are
> common in planned residential developments (at least in the US), where
> a number of houses are located off a pipestem, each with their own
> driveways. Maintenance of the pipestem is the responsibility of all
> the homeowners off that particular pipestem. Pipestems aren't named
> roads, so highway=residential doesn't make since, but I'm not sure if
> I should use service=driveway both for the pipestems and for the
> individual driveways. I suppose I could use operator=*, but since it's
> just a collection of homeowners that typically don't have a name, I'm
> not sure what to put here.
> I don't want to invent a new tag if I don't have to, but I'm not sure
> how to use existing tags to make this distinction.
> Perhaps I could use highway=service, service=driveway, and
> driveway=pipestem? Suggestions are welcome!
> Thanks,
> -Josh
> [1]:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Tag:service%3Ddriveway#Pipestems
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