[Tagging] access=emergency revisited

Richard Welty rwelty at averillpark.net
Tue Nov 20 20:59:52 GMT 2012

we talked about this a year or so back, and had near consensus if not a 
real consensus. it never got
documented in the wiki, and i thought i'd bring it up here rather than 
just charging off and editing the

i think we need a separate emergency access category because there exist 
places where authorized
vehicles, mostly emergency responders of one type or another, can use 
the right of way but not
anyone else. the most common example is the u-turn on an interstate 
highway, but there are others.
today i observed a gate on a road in Guilderland, NY, which explicitly 
blocks a paved, public residential
road, but gives instructions on how to open the gate for emergency 

i'm currently working on a project to extract GPS maps from OSM for use 
by first responders, so this
distinction is important to me, and to any first responders who might 
have occasion to use maps
extracted via the proposed process.

thoughts, anyone?


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