[Tagging] sidewalks and tagging for the renderer

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Wed Apr 11 15:07:36 BST 2012

On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 2:35 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer
<dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> Am 11. April 2012 10:49 schrieb Komяpa <me at komzpa.net>:
>> First, there are road behaviour rules, that basically disallow that.
>> You MUST go to crossing to cross a road here.
> you can't asume this to be a global law. In other countries (e.g.
> Germany or Italy) you must use a pedestrian crossing if it is close to
> you. If you are more then x meters away (i.e. you are in the middle of
> a road) you can simply cross anywhere, provided you don't endanger the
> traffic or yourself. I find it difficult to believe that belarussian
> law urges pedestrians to only cross on a crossing, and if there is
> none, they will have to walk kilometers just to cross the street, or
> did I get this wrong?

This seems like something the router would need to be more aware of
than anything; mapping the sidewalks as adjacent footways would allow
safety- and/or citation-conscious pedestrians to get routed ideally on
the sidewalks, while pedestrians that aren't bound by such obligations
could still get routed across the open space (many routers, Garmin
included, have been known to do some routing parkour with open spaces
given that pedestrians aren't anywhere near as bound to known mapped
objects as vehicles are).

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