[Tagging] path vs footway

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemed.net
Tue Nov 4 12:13:55 UTC 2014


Mike Thompson wrote:
> I am editing trails in a US National Park of which I have first 
> hand knowledge.  Nearly all trails in this area have been 
> tagged "highway=footway" although most of them are open 
> equally to foot traffic and horse traffic.

This is pretty much the canonical definition of highway=bridleway, at least
here in the UK - a multi-user trail of limited maintenance quality, usually
unsurfaced, where motor traffic is not permitted. That's what I'd suggest.

If you do use highway=path, which I would recommend against, then
absolutely:
1. add access tags, as per Dan's suggestion
2. add surface tags, as per
http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Richard/diary/20333

> By the way, might this be an artifact of the defaults in Potlatch?

No.

cheers
Richard





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