[Tagging] question: best practices for micromapping ped areas and footpaths?

Hubert sg.forum at gmx.de
Tue Dec 30 09:44:59 UTC 2014

Maybe "covered=yes" http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:covered is what you are looking for?
Yours Hubert

Am 30. Dezember 2014 05:27:43 MEZ, schrieb johnw <johnw at mac.com>:
>I'm micromapping some public areas, in this case train stations. two
>1)  there are large open concrete areas for pedestrians, but there are
>also covered walkways through them as well. 
>I mapped the open sections as highway=pedestrian+area=yes, while I
>traced the covered walkways (that connect the bus shelters) and tagged
>it as building=roof & highway=footway
>I'm not sure if I should just create single area of highway=pedestrian
>and put the building=roof over it or what. Also, the roof doesn't
>render as a building, but as a white pedestrian area. I think if it is
>tagged at building=roof, I should ask -carto to render it as a
>building, but it logically remains a footpath as well.  
>I'm unsure of how to tag it all. I assume I have made a mistake mixing
>pedestrian and footway tags. 
>2) what is the best practices for tracing sidewalks? when following a
>sidewalk along a road, and you reach an intersection, does the footpath
>way cross the road via the sidewalk (continuing along the road, or does
>it turn the corner, following the sidewalk encompassing the block, and
>the sidewalks are separate ways ( rather than a node)  that join
>disparate footpaths at the corners of the intersection? 
>This is an intersection mapped with footpaths following the sidewalks
>around the block, with sidewalk ways connecting the corners at the
>I'm guessing for simplicity, the way follows the street through the
>intersections, but to map the sidewalk as a way would require
>segmentation of the ways anyways, so following the sidewalk around the
>corner seems to be a cleaner choice, especially with the heavy paint
>work here in Japan for sidewalks. 
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