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

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at gmail.com
Fri Aug 7 11:05:01 UTC 2015

On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 9:31 AM, Marc Gemis <marc.gemis at gmail.com> wrote:
> For Belgium we follow this convention:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Eimai/Belgian_Roads#Paths
> It's full of highway=path examples. You'll give us a lot of work if we
> have to revisit and retag them all. :-)

So if it's a 2m paved path with pedestrians and cyclists allowed, you call
it highway=cycleway if it's got a blue/white sign, and highway=path+various
other tags if it's got a red/white/black sign.

I'm sorry, that's just a muddle.

I'd also note that there are a lot more surface values that just
paved/unpaved nowadays - which kinda indicates the problem with relying on
subkeys: their values tend to get more complicated, making it impossible to
use them reliably to subdivide the main key.
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