[Tagging] Deprecating aerialway=goods

Richard Z. ricoz.osm at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 11:38:33 UTC 2015

On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 05:27:30PM +0100, Pieren wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 2:49 PM, fly <lowflight66 at googlemail.com> wrote:
> >> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:aerialway#Usage
> -1
> I don't like such general keys like "usage" (or "type") in general.

well the key is already here and perfect fit for aerialways. Argue with
the railway folks to improve or abolish it and aerialways will happilly
adopt it.

> Basically, it could be used in all tags (e.g. highway=yes +
> usage=residential). It's not because it is now spread in railways that
> we have to repeat the same mistake (how about mixed usage ? again with
> the semicolon joke ?).

unlike highways, aerialways and railway are closely very closely related 
types of tranpsort. It makes sense to reuse parts of the tagging developed 
by railways for aerialways in those cases where it is clearly decribing
the same concept.
As of mixed use, you could read the description on the page and talk page.

> An aerialway for goods is not the same as an aerialway for skiers.
> Until now, we use different values based on the different
> cabins/cars/lifts type. Perhaps instead of "goods" it could be
> replaced by "fork" or "container" or "container_for_goods", just
> enhancing the existing list following the same principle.

For routing purposes it would be highly desirable to have tagging valid
accross all trasnportation means that are potentially relevant to routing,
including and not limitted to ship lines, railways and aerialways.
How is routing software supposed to know that some aerialway=goods are
actually taking passengers?

In principle *all* aerialways (even lifts) can be used for the transport
of goods as well.


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