[Tagging] path vs footway

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Tue Nov 4 10:28:00 UTC 2014

2014-11-04 11:17 GMT+01:00 Richard Mann <richard.mann.westoxford at gmail.com>:

> The path tag was introduced by people who couldn't deal with
> highway=cycleway being shared with pedestrians, and wanted something less
> mode-specific than highway=footway and highway=cycleway.

the guy who proposed the tag path is a passionate horse rider and had
mainly issues for riders in mind (basically all paths by that time were
tagged either highway=cycleway or highway=footway, but most of them hadn't
any horse tag attached --- despite the fact that many were accessible for
horses --- because few mappers cared of even thought of horses).

> In practice, this use is fairly limited: highway=path has been used far
> more for unmade paths in field and forest.

personally I am adding the tag "informal=yes" to paths that are not made on
purpose but have emerged by using them.

I'm careful to express statements about the dominant global use case for a
tag with more than 3 million occurences, because I can only speak for the
areas where I am mapping.

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