[Tagging] foot=yes or bicycle=yes on track without other limitations?
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Wed Jul 10 14:18:38 UTC 2013
Maarten Deen wrote:
> Is there a deeper meaning of adding foot=yes or bicycle=yes to
> highway=track or highway=path without adding other limitations? I
> thought track and path are by default routable for foot and bicycle,
> so IMHO they add nothing.
I suspect that there's a confusion about legality of access and physical
accessibility here - "bicycle=yes" only addresses the legal ability to
access something, not the physical possibility of doing so.
It might be the case that all highway=track are physically and legally
accesible by foot and bicycle where you are, but it's not the case
everywhere. I certainly wouldn't make the assumption that a
highway=track with no information about access rights was legally
accessible to foot or bicycle traffic in England and Wales, for example.
That's not to say what adding a track without access rights isn't
useful, it is - it says that the track's there, but in places where
access isn't implicit it's useful to know the legal status if known
(e.g. foot=yes, foot=permissive.
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