[Tagging] highway=footway - Advanced definition: Distinction footway vs path
ksgeo at web.de
Fri Aug 7 06:59:59 UTC 2015
The difference between a cycleway, a footway, and a trail can be access
rules, but mostly its *the built condition of the way* and that *will* vary
from a 1st world to 3rd would country - and from continent to
Therefore proper tags on the individual way would be helpful like surface,
width, incline, smoothness, sac_scale, mtb:scale etc.
Tagging implies the built condition - and assumptions made from that tagging
affect rendering - which therefore affects routing decisions or user choice
of ways. </quote>
Rendering should never rely on assumptions but on physical values.
And representing the "duckiness" of the way is extremely important
in the top key : is it a trail through the forest (where you could walk or
bike), a narrow sidewalk covered with poles and driveway entrances (but can
still legally bike on as you go to the market) or a nice cycleway along the
river (that you can also walk on as you go from village to village)? Is the
only difference surface, width, and legality? *Absolutely not!* </quote>
I get the impression, you overestimate the importance of duck tagging. It's
not that intuitive and explicit as you think, non-native English mappers may
have different assumptions of what is semantically implied or what is usable
according to their region.
In places where almost every footway is for bicycle and foot, and horses are
non-existent (they are more concerned about motor_scooter=no [or whatever
scooter access is]), trying to show its usage with surface (all are paved in
urban settings), width (footway can vary greatly in just 100m, so no help
there) - the duckiness has to be found in the top tag - as it is for road
values - which =path is *useless* for. </quote>
A footway opend to bicycles is a multi-use-path and should be distinguished
from a footway or even sidewalk restricted exclusively to pedestrians.
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