[Tagging] Sidewalks vs Footways

Peter Wendorff wendorff at uni-paderborn.de
Thu Mar 17 15:03:51 GMT 2011

I'm from Germany, and therefore not argumenting with the English 
language, but "footway" is a more general term as distinct ways for 
people moving by foot are "footways", too.
Ways along or part of a street with main purpose of often motorized 
vehicles - a indication for that is, that cars are located in the middle 
and therefore with less crossings than pedestrians - should be 
distinguished from standalone footways. Therefore I would prefer 
"sidewalk" or "pavement".
Of these, sidewalk for me is more self explaining than pavement.
I'm good enough speaking English to know even the word pavement - but 
that the way, where you walk along a street on one side is called 
sidewalk is better to understand even if the vocabulary is not known in 

Thus I would prefer (and I even used it in the past) sidewalk as a tag 
for - well - sidewalks.


Am 17.03.2011 15:42, schrieb john at jfeldredge.com:
> Collapsing the two tags into one seems reasonable, but there should continue to be a wiki page for whichever tag is discontinued, in order to direct people to the preferred tag.  "Sidewalk" is the standard term in the USA; from my reading, both "pavement" and "footway" seem to be standard usage in the UK.  I don't know what the standard terms are in other English-speaking countries.
> -------Original Email-------
> Subject :[Tagging] Sidewalks vs Footways
> > From  :mailto:emacsen at gmail.com
> Date  :Thu Mar 17 09:15:48 America/Chicago 2011
> There's an abandoned tag for sidewalks along the side of the road that
> apparently has some use in the UK:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Footway
> http://tagwatch.stoecker.eu/Great_britain/En/tags.html
> And there's a nearly identical tag proposal called Sidewalk:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:sidewalk
> I'd like to suggest collapsing these two tags into a unified tag and
> making a final vote, and then fixing tags as necessary.
> Thoughts?
> - Serge
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