[Tagging] Wide steps

Brad Neuhauser brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Fri Oct 7 20:24:35 BST 2011

On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 2:01 PM, Peter Wendorff <wendorff at uni-paderborn.de>wrote:

> Am 07.10.2011 20:18, schrieb David Earl:
>>  The additional highway:steps would stay at separate ways "on top" of the
>>> area.
>> This shouldn't be necessary, any more than any other highway area. It's
>> like putting a node for parking in the middle of a parking area.
> I don't see how you are able to tag the direction (up/down) of the steps on
> an area, so yes, the additional "traditional" way IS necessary.
> The direction of steps is highly relevant for several reasons:
> * Steps going upwards are no dangerous place for children - they cannot
> fall down with their bikes etc.
> * For blind people steps upwards are an obstacle easily detectable by the
> blind mans stick; stairs down are more dangerous and more difficult.
> * A good bicycle routing application could be configurable to allow stairs
> downwards e.g. for mountain bikes, while avoiding stairs upwards, as these
> are more difficult to use by bike.
> This double-tagging seems sensible. At least it would be analogous to using
the "riverbank" area for wide rivers, but still maintaining a "river" way
for network/flow direction purposes.  Brad

> regards
> Peter
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