[Tagging] highway=footway - Advanced definition: Distinction footway vs path

geow kfsgeo at gmx.de
Sun Aug 2 19:26:24 UTC 2015

I would like to propose an advanced definition of footway in order to have a
classification criteria from "path".

"highway=footway is used for pathways designated for pedestrians. The
designation may be explicitly by a signpost, implicitly by law (like
sidewalks if mapped as distinct ways) or obviously by structural design.
Designated footpaths are primarily common in residential areas, but may also
exist out-of-town (recreational environments, parklands etc.).


The current definition ("minor pathways which are used mainly or exclusively
by pedestrians") is not specific in providing definite distinctive features
between footway and path. The consequences are misconceptions and globally
inconsistent assumptions in selecting the right type. 


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