[Tagging] Proposal for standardization of sidewalk schema (+ import)

Bryan Housel bryan at 7thposition.com
Tue Aug 2 15:08:32 UTC 2016

Hey Meg,
I read through your proposal at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/sidewalk_schema <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/sidewalk_schema>

I don’t see anything in there that is any different from how sidewalks and crossings are already being tagged in OSM.  This is good!

As far as I can tell, it doesn’t change any tags - it just establishes a preference for tagging sidewalks and crossings as separate features rather than including sidewalk tags on the related street geometry.

When sidewalks, curb ramps, and crossings are tagged as a separate features, it allows mappers to supply attributes essential for tagging situations like:
…which can really ruin your day if you were to encounter that sidewalk in a wheelchair.

Thanks for your work in this area!  

> On Aug 1, 2016, at 5:35 PM, Meg Drouhard <mdrouhar at uw.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> Our team is proposing a standardization of sidewalk tagging conventions in OSM to simplify pedestrian network annotations and better represent the physical reality of sidewalk ways.  This proposal is particularly concerned with features of sidewalks that may aid or impede travel for people with limited mobility.
> Our schema proposal is available here: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/sidewalk_schema <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/sidewalk_schema>.
> You can also read more about our project and group here: www.opensidewalks.com <http://www.opensidewalks.com/>.
> Through the Imports list, we are also proposing to jump start sidewalk annotation by importing open municipal data from the city of Seattle (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Seattle,_Washington/Sidewalk_Import <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Seattle,_Washington/Sidewalk_Import>).
> We appreciate any feedback you may have either through our discussion pages or by email <mailto:info at opensidewalks.com>.
> Thanks,
> Meg Drouhard
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