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

Richard ricoz.osm at gmail.com
Sun Aug 2 21:25:09 UTC 2015

On Sun, Aug 02, 2015 at 12:26:24PM -0700, geow wrote:
> 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.).

so highway=footway or designated footpaths ?

> Rationale:
> 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. 

Another rationale: there is a mess and we need a fresh start with strictly
defined set of properties which will not be changed again without vote as 
happened with highway=path.

Enhancing highway=footway won't help much as you can not change preexisting
use by a new proposal.
I would leave it alone and introduce highway=footpath which would be a variant 
of path for pedestrians, not suited or permitted for horses and vehicles unless 
otherwise tagged and expected to be more demanding than footways.


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