[Tagging] New access tag value needed?

Martin Vonwald imagic.osm at gmail.com
Thu May 31 11:27:26 BST 2012


2012/5/31 Rob Nickerson <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com>:
> 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.

I wouldn't tag the road with anything. Simply because the rules/laws
apply not to the road but to the cycleway. Any bicycle-router should
prefer a cycle track (or anything with bicycle=designated) over a
nearby road.

> 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."

This is another story. This "restriction" should be tagged directly on
the cycle track.

> 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?

As those are in fact legal restrictions/recommendations IMO the access
key is the correct key for this. Maybe something like foot=discouraged
. Native speakers are very welcome here to suggest much better values.


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