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

geow ksgeo at web.de
Wed Aug 5 13:20:50 UTC 2015

dieterdreist wrote
> sent from a phone
> Am 05.08.2015 um 12:03 schrieb Richard <

> ricoz.osm@

> >:
>> In 2008 highway=path
>> was approved saying 
>>   "The default access restriction of highway=path is open 
>>    to all non-motorized vehicles, but emergency vehicles are allowed. "
>> Some years later, Feb 15 2015 the page was changed without vote and
>> discussion 
>> to claim that : 
>>   "The default access restrictions of paths varies from country, see 
>>    OSM_tags_for_routing/Access-Restrictions"
> should be reverted. If I had my way we'd remove all conflicting country
> specific docu from the wiki in one go ;-)
> cheers 
> Martin 

The essential path attribute "open to all non-motorized vehicles" is
untouched by my edit to the wiki and emergency vehicles are allowed anyway
and anywhere if applicable. But this is only the *general *access rule.
Actually from country to country this rule is *restricted or extended* for
other means of transportation. I'm well aware that Austria bans bicycles
from paths and even tracks (!) in forestry lands by default if not otherwise
permitted or signposted. In other parts of the world i.e. in Nepal
motorcycles are used and allowed on paths between mountain villages. Legal
access restrictions should always be tagged properly on the individual way.


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