[Tagging] Sidewalks vs Footways

Serge Wroclawski emacsen at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 19:40:21 GMT 2011

On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 1:30 PM, David Paleino <dapal at debian.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:15:48 -0400, Serge Wroclawski wrote:
>> 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
> ...and I tried to make a unified proposal some time ago (which I have been
> following for the few sidewalks I mapped). It has been written down with the
> help of some osm-it(aly) folks.
>  http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Hanska/Sidewalk
> Comments? :)

I think that in the area of sidewaks, it mainly mirrors the discussion
here, so it sounds like we have largely reached consensus. It's great
that we've all come to similar conclusions on our own- it means we can
move forward.

David, it's great you've thought so much on these issues. The link you
sent has proposals for several features, and normal OSM procedure is
to vote on only one at a time, so let's focus the discussion on
sidewalks, and then when that's done, we can go through the others.

I think that way we're less likely to get bogged down and make
iterative, incremental progress quickly, which is ultimately what we
both want, I think.

- Serge

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