[Tagging] Sidewalks vs Footways

Josh Doe josh at joshdoe.com
Thu Mar 17 15:34:02 GMT 2011


Are we just talking about using "sidewalk" as indicated in the linked
proposals? I've been mapping "sidewalks" in residential areas near me
as individual ways; they usually run parallel to the road, but
oftentimes are offset by a variable distance, plus I'd like to have
very accurate routing. I've been tagging these as highway=footway,
however when a way no longer parallels a road (and for my local area
the surface almost always changes from concrete to asphalt) and goes
into wooded areas, I start tagging the ways as highway=path.

If the term sidewalk is used for this proposal would it make sense to
also apply it to individual ways? However I'm not sure if anything is
gained in doing so...

-Josh

On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 11:09 AM, Simone Saviolo
<simone.saviolo at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2011/3/17 Peter Wendorff <wendorff at uni-paderborn.de>
>>
>> Hi.
>> 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 particular.
>>
>> Thus I would prefer (and I even used it in the past) sidewalk as a tag for
>> - well - sidewalks.
>
> I agree with Peter. In Italy we use "highway=footway" for ways that have
> been designed for pedestrians, as opposed to "regular" streets that are
> closed to motorized traffic that we tag with "highway=pedestrian". While it
> may be the case that some sidewalks have been tagged as footways, I think
> the two concepts should be kept separate. It seems to me that there are
> substantial differences between a sidewalk and a paved path through a park,
> for example.
>
>>
>> regards
>> Peter
>
> Regards,
> Simone
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