[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...


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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