[Tagging] [Talk-us] sidewalks and trails

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at gmail.com
Wed May 4 09:31:39 BST 2011


Relations between adjacent ways - yuk - proximity tests between
near-parallel ways are computationally horrible. It isn't adequate to
just say the two are related and hope the data consumer will sort out
the mess. The cycleway key is applied to the road to say what the
cycle facility is on that corridor (so I use cycleway:left=track to
say there's legitimate cycle access on the adjacent sidewalk, and
lcn:left=track to indicate it's part of a local cycle network).

Using highway=path just because it's shared-use - yuk. The norm in the
UK is to use whichever of footway/cycleway feels right (basically
cycleway if it's nice and wide, and bikes are allowed, footway if it's
a bit narrow or bikes aren't allowed), and set access tags
(bicycle=yes) if the default for the highway value isn't appropriate.
highway=path is better left for the countryside. IMO - others
disagree.

Richard



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