[Tagging] bicycle barriers open issue: bicycle trailors

Dave F. davefox at madasafish.com
Wed Aug 28 11:02:10 UTC 2013

On 27/08/2013 19:36, Volker Schmidt wrote:
> I am particularly interested in tagging cycling routes, including the 
> national long-distance cycling network Bicitalia in Italy.
> In Italy cycle paths are frequently de facto blocked by chicane-type 
> bicycle barriers.
> So my tagging is typically a node with
> barrier=cycle_barrier
> foot=yes
> bicycle=dismount
> When I am sure that a normal wheelchair can pass I would add 
> wheelchair=yes.
> In many cases I am sure that even a small bicycle trailer would not 
> pass, and I would like to mark this, but there is no established way 
> of doing it. In the wiki, it's mentioned as an open issue 
> (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:barrier%3Dcycle_barrier)
> Taginfo shows 8 uses of bicycle:trailer - this is certainly not a 
> widespread use.
> Should I simply systematically use bicycle:trailer=no and hope that 
> others follow? Or formulate a proposal and ask for votes? Any other ideas?
> Volker
> (Padova, Italy)

In many cases (as shown on the web page) cycle barriers are not designed 
to make the rider dismount, just slow down. The bicycle=dismount should 
be used when there is an actual requirement to get off, such as a sign 
saying so or some steps.

Dave F.

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