[Tagging] Question reg. wheelchair mapping

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 10:23:17 UTC 2016

2016-01-08 10:31 GMT+01:00 Marc Gemis <marc.gemis at gmail.com>:

> I have a question about this. I think I can recognise an access ramp
> for wheelchair users when I see one. In general I don't know the
> incline %, but I assume that it was designed in such a way that the
> majority of wheelchair users can use it.
> with highway=access_ramp (duck tagging) I indicate that the path was
> designed for wheelchair users.
> Don't I loose some information with
> highway=footway, wheelchair=yes, incline=up ?

Yes, some information is lost, because a footway, also an inclined one, can
be any kind of geometry (it can be older than current building standards
and not follow them), while a wheelchair ramp has to meet certain criteria,
especially if it's publicly accessible. But I don't think we should be
fragmentating the highway values for these either, in the end, it is a
footway (or maybe bicycles are allowed as well?). What about an additional
attribute, like wheelchair=ramp? Or wheelchair_ramp=yes? Btw., the tag
highway=access_ramp doesn't specify that the ramp is built for wheelchairs.

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