[Tagging] service = parking_access for main ways on a parking lot

Greg Troxel gdt at ir.bbn.com
Sat Mar 26 23:56:17 UTC 2016

Tom Pfeifer <t.pfeifer at computer.org> writes:

> The qualifier service=parking_aisle was originally introduced [1] to
> structure car parks with a few main access ways and lots of small aisles,
> to avoid clutter in lower zoom levels.
> It is highly successful with over 2 Mio uses.
> The description says that, however "The main way(s) on the parking lot,
> for entering and connecting multiple parking_aisle, should be mapped with
> highway=service, only."

I had no idea that it said that.

What I do is

  * highway=service service=parking_aisle
    ways that are basically only to get to parking spaces

  * highway=service service=driveway
    ways connecting to the real roads and sort of going near where you
    are trying to go when you want to park in the parking lot (carpark),
    just enough to be connected, and trying to pick  the places that are
    more important/through roads

The latter is more or less what your service=parking_access is trying to
do.   But if for example you want to pick someone up at the front door
of a supermarket, and not park, you'd use them.   So parking_access
really isn't quite right for most of these ways.
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