[Tagging] "Feature Proposal - RFC - Sidewalk

Josh Doe josh at joshdoe.com
Mon Mar 21 16:57:44 GMT 2011

I think we're really talking about two proposals here, both of which
have merit. The linked proposal has been around for a while, and
involves tagging the road to indicate the presence of a sidewalk walk
on one or both sides of the road. David refers to this proposal as
"deprecated" [1].

What David proposed, and what I'm interested in, is mapping the
sidewalk as a separate way from the road. This rough proposal is on
his page here [2].

I think both schemes can coexist. In cities, especially ones with
regular grids, the first scheme might be preferable for simplicity.
However David's scheme has advantages when sidewalks don't have a
constant offset from the road, and if there is a desire for precise
navigation. In my area of suburbia, I plan to use David's scheme.

We should certainly link both together though, so users can determine
what level of detail is appropriate.


[1]: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Hanska/Sidewalk#Tagging_the_main_way_.28DEPRECATED.29
[2]: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Hanska/Sidewalk#Mapping_as_a_separate_way

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM, Serge Wroclawski <emacsen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM, David Paleino <dapal at debian.org> wrote:
>> On Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:29:28 +0100, David Paleino wrote:
>>> On Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:17:10 -0400, Serge Wroclawski wrote:
>>> > As per the discussion last week about Sidewalks, I'm re-opening the
>>> > sidewalk proposal as per:
>>> >
>>> > http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Sidewalk
>>> >
>>> > We've already had some preliminary discussion on this tag and there's
>>> > been very minimal disagreement, which is a good sign for its adoption.
>>> NAK.
>>> What I understood was that the first tagging example of my page was that [1]
>>> was generally accepted.
>> Erm.. ok, I hope it was understandable :)
> I don't understand, so maybe you can elaborate.
> David, you expressed some interest in this last week, and Josh
> suggested that since you were so interested, you make the proposal,
> but I didn't see anything, and I have a specific project I want to use
> these tags, so I've gone ahead and done so.
> If you have specific issues with the proposal, please bring them up
> for discussion.
> - Serge
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