[Tagging] Slow vehicle turnouts

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Sat Aug 25 00:17:11 UTC 2018

I've been trying to decide tagging for slow-vehicle turnouts consisting of
a lane added to the right side (in the U.S.) of the road so that slow
moving vehicles can pull aside to allow following vehicles to pass. The
best I can come up with is the tag highway=passing_place but strangely it
applies only to nodes. I'm looking for examples from the real world similar
to the one in this JOSM screenshot. I've selected both the passing lanes to
color them red so you can see them.

I had been using a variable number of lanes to describe the situation but
these two passing_places are offset making using the lanes tags cumbersome
to apply, 4 separate pieces, lanes going in different directions, oneway
sections, etc. According to the Wiki, the passing_place tag is to be used
only on nodes. (
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dpassing_place) Why this
should be so, I do not understand.


What alternatives do I have?


Dave Swarthout
Homer, Alaska
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Travel Blog at http://dswarthout.blogspot.com
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