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

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 19:19:20 UTC 2015

On Mon, 3 Aug 2015 11:36:15 -0700 (MST)
NopMap <ekkehart at gmx.de> wrote:

> 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.

There is plenty of cases where there is no neat classification (for
example narrow paths with gravel placed there sometimes to keep mud
from forming). Really, there is no need fro more highway values - just
add surface, tracktype, width etc. 

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