[Tagging] path vs footway

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Sun Nov 30 01:32:42 UTC 2014

On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM, johnw <johnw at mac.com> wrote:

> AFIK - footway and path are more toward the width, surface, smoothness,
> maintenance level, and expected use of the way. a sidewalk often gets
> tagged as footpath, as would be a concrete walkway in a garden.
> Paths are usually less maintained, less even, narrower, and lower grade
> surfaces.
> footpath doesn’t imply horses=no, it implies cars=no.

vehicle=no, actually.  Bicycles are typically banned on sidewalks unless
otherwise posted in most areas that are party to the Bern Conventions on

to me path implies wheelchair=no.

I don't know about that, path's generally the multimodal middle between
footway (like a city sidewalk) and cycleway (which often implies foot=no;
less commonly foot=yes, rarely foot=designated; I explicitly tag if it's
unclear on footway, path, cycleway and motorway beyond the absolutely most
broad assumptions; though it's safe to say anything that's a sidewalk
mapped as a footway in downtown areas of pretty much anywhere in America is
probably suspect if it says bicycle=yes without a source).

> if they are wide, well maintained, somewhat smooth and hard, and easily
> passible, then they are footpaths.
> if it is a track for emergency access vehicles that is usually open for
> hiking, horses, and bikes, then label it is a track instead, cars=emergency
> or whatever that exact tag is

cars=* isn't a tag.  motor_vehicle would be...
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