[Tagging] How to tag the width of a gate

Andrew Errington a.errington at lancaster.ac.uk
Sun Feb 26 11:29:42 GMT 2012

On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:26:05 Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> Am 26. Februar 2012 09:45 schrieb Mike Valiant <mike_valiant at hotmail.com>:
> > If the gate is a node on a way that passes through the gate then I would
> > have thought    barrier=gate and maxwidth=xxx    on the node that is the
> > gate would be more appropriate. It defines the maximum size of vehicle
> > (person?) that could pass through the aperture.
> -1, maxwidth is part of the restrictions. Those are generally legal
> restrictions, so they do not express who can actually pass through,
> but who is still allowed to pass through. To tag the width of an
> object use "width".
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:maxwidth
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:width

I concur.

Also, if this tag was missing for the gate node you could infer the width of 
the gate if there was a width=* tag on the road passing through it.  If you 
needed to.

Best wishes,


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