[Tagging] New access tag value needed?

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Thu May 31 10:50:46 BST 2012

Thanks Martin,

Maybe I wasn't very clear in my first email (not helped by poor
formatting), but I'm not looking to add a "suggested route". I am trying to
indicate cases that have legal binding (or very strong advice from
government). For example:

1. A road in Germany should not be used by cyclists if there is a cycle
track next to the road UNLESS the cycle track is not passable, etc.

2. A cycle track in UK that is marked as cycle only does not legally
prevent pedestrian use but official guidance states:

"the route is not intended for pedestrians, there should be a
convenient footway or footpath nearby."

I see that something like "alternative" may end up being used for suggested
routes, but is there any other (potential new) values for the access tag
that may help here?


>2012/5/30 Rob Nickerson <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com <http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/tagging>>:
>**>* There seems to be a need for a new value for the access tags. The new value*>* would indicate that the way can be used (as it is not illegal / prohibited),*>* but it is advised to use a different route.*

This is a feature often talked about (suggested routes), which might
be suitable for OSM or not (I guess most of the mappers actually
consider this not suitable because advices are a matter of subjective
judgement and interpretation). It is definitely nothing to store in an
access-value, as access if for legal accessibility _only_. If you
wanted to tag non-suitability you should use another namespace/tag

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