[Tagging] Why are railway=crossing and level_crossing separate tags?

Nathan Edgars II neroute2 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 20 16:58:12 GMT 2012

On 1/20/2012 10:49 AM, Nathan Edgars II wrote:
> According to the wiki, railway=crossing is "a point where pedestrians
> may cross a railway", while railway=level_crossing is "where a road
> crosses a railway". But footways are also represented by highways, and
> so if one wants to know where pedestrians may cross a railway they can
> simply look at the tags on the intersecting way. So why do we have two
> separate tags for what is essentially the same thing (there are road
> crossings without gates and foot crossings with gates)?

For that matter, where a cycleway uses a sidewalk to cross a railway, 
would it correctly be crossing or level_crossing?

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