[Tagging] How to tag pipestems (shared driveways)

Josh Doe josh at joshdoe.com
Sat Feb 26 14:03:08 GMT 2011

I need some way to differentiate between pipestems and driveways,
because the distinction between the two are very important for my

Operator and access tags are useful, but they won't help me
differentiate between the two.

I'm not proposing to create a new tag that becomes standard. If I have
to I'll just use my_namespace=pipestem, but I'd rather use something
that could possibly be reused by someone else.

Unless someone suggests otherwise, I'll use highway=service,
service=driveway, and driveway=pipestem. But don't worry, I don't plan
to create a proposal for this, just using it for my AOI. :)


On Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 8:42 AM, Brad Neuhauser
<brad.neuhauser at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Brad
> 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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