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

Josh Doe josh at joshdoe.com
Fri Mar 25 14:18:11 GMT 2011

I would encourage everyone interested in this to review the proposal
as I've amended it. I've made it clear that the suggestion to use
relations with sidewalks is a related, but separate issue.

The proposal now solely consists of adding the footway=sidewalk and
footway=crossing tags. Further proposals can work out details of using

I've been using this scheme in my area and it has worked quite well,
though my sidewalks are separated by at least a curb and a strip of
grass, and sometimes even parking (orthogonal).


On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 10:03 AM, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2011/3/25 Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net>:
>> David Paleino wrote:
>> Potlatch 2 _already_ has excellent relation support.
>> However:
>>> My proposal doesn't use anything special to be implemented in editors.
>> That's not the point.
> Well, somehow it is. He has suggested to use the associatedStreet
> -type of relation. If this type is editable with PL2, there won't be
> urgent need to change something. associatedStreet is currently used on
> ~33000 relations so it could be considered "established" (on the other
> hand, 33000 is almost nothing compared to all streets we have in the
> db).
> I must admit that personally I never felt the need to use this
> relation type, and I agree with the others that we should try to use
> as few relations as possible, because they add complexity and
> potentially hinder less experienced mappers from editing.
> I also continue to discourage the use of highway=footway for sidewalks
> that are just separated by a kerb (or not even separated at all) from
> the street.
> The tagging proposal of Serge will not allow to enter details about
> the sidewalks (one of the reasons for me to add sidewalks would be to
> add details about narrower parts, barriers on the sidewalk, sidewalks
> with surfaces that are not suitable for wheelchairs, ...) so I won't
> be able to use it for the mapping needs that I have.
> cheers,
> Martin
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