[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Sidewalks as separate ways

Craig Wallace craigw84 at fastmail.fm
Thu Mar 24 21:10:36 GMT 2011

On 24/03/2011 20:15, David Paleino wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> as promised, I came back with an "official" proposal.
>    http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Sidewalk_as_separate_way
> I tried to summarize what my ideas are, and why I don't believe that tagging
> the main road is any good.
> To summarize here: to tag a sidewalk:
>   * highway=footway
>   * footway=sidewalk
> It's that simple.
> The basic idea is that sidewalks *are* footways. From the highway=footway page:
> "for designated footpaths, i.e. mainly/exclusively for pedestrians". And
> sidewalks perfectly fit IMVHO :)

How do you define "sidewalk"?
Is it just pedestrian paths immediately adjacent to a road, with nothing 
except a kerb in between?
What if its further away, with grass/barriers/trees etc in between, is 
it still a sidewalk?

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