[Tagging] How to tag pipestems (shared driveways)

Josh Doe josh at joshdoe.com
Sun Feb 27 00:53:13 GMT 2011

I agree about the access issue, by default for a driveway (or sub-type
pipestem :) access should be private, as it's solely intended for the
homeowner(s) to drive and/or park their vehicles. As Elizabeth points
out, yes, it does require routers to check the sub-type to see if it's
a driveway or not, but I don't think this is an issue, especially
since driveways (or at least the definition I'm familiar with in the
US) have no outlet and strictly lead to houses.

And in terms of detail, yes, this is definitely micro-mapping, and
true in part it has to do with facilities management. I'm very
interested in micro-mapping, but I understand I am a small minority.
However there's plenty of other crazy stuff I see mapped and tagged,
so I don't think I'm being ridiculous.


On Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 6:04 PM, Alan Mintz
<Alan_Mintz+OSM at earthlink.net> wrote:
> At 2011-02-26 14:35, Nathan Edgars II wrote:
>> On 2/26/2011 5:27 PM, Elizabeth Dodd wrote:
>>> I'm not sure why you need to differentiate between this and a driveway,
>>> but I think the driveway is mistagged if marked highway=service.
>>> Do you mark the driveways access=private?
>> The standard for driveways is in fact highway=service service=driveway
>> access=private.
> I don't feel the need to tag access=* on a driveway. It seems that, wherever
> I draw a driveway, it's access is the same as the property to which it
> leads, by definition. A standard residential house's driveway (in the US) is
> on the private property of the homeowner. A driveway leading to a park is
> usually on the park property and any restrictions are usually posted at/near
> it's junction with the road, said restrictions applying to the park, not
> just the driveway.
> I think the pipestem thing is more detail than most people are likely to
> want to map, unless you are micro-mapping for the purpose of facilities
> management of a particular housing development. Where it is exaggerated
> (hundreds of meters), I tag it highway=service + access=private (usually
> with evidence from a posted sign at the intersection with the public road),
> and then tag the individual driveways off of it as highway=service +
> service=driveway (if I draw them at all).
> --
> Alan Mintz <Alan_Mintz+OSM at Earthlink.net>
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