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

NopMap ekkehart at gmx.de
Mon Aug 3 18:36:15 UTC 2015

I think the highway=trail proposal was right on the point.

highway=path was meant as equivalent to footway, cycleway etc and is most
often used that way. It's wording is unfortunate as the association with
path for many people is an unmade way. So it got mistakenly used for that
too, as there is no better or dedicated tag.

Using highway=trail for narrow, unmade trails would be intuitive and clarify
the current ambiguity of path.

Considering that a new tag highway=via_ferrata was introduced for trails
that require climbing/equipment it is weird that there still is no dedicated
tag to fill the gap between well built footways/paths and a via_ferrata. 
Reviving highway=trail to go in between would be logical.

bye, Nop

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