[Tagging] emergency bays - which side?
voschix at gmail.com
Mon Jan 1 12:19:03 UTC 2018
Emergency bays and bus bays are physically very similar, i.e. a short piece
of an additional lane on a road.
Unfortunately the two tags highway=emergency_bay and
bus_bay=both|left|right use very different approaches to describing
essential the same physical arrangement.
no (according to the wiki page)
yes (in reality there are few cases of bus_bay=yes with highway=bus_stop)
not foreseen in the wiki page
I personally like the bus_bay approach better, but I see the drawback of
having to split the road way twice for every occurrence, when you use the
The emergency_bay approach is easier to map if you only consider the node
approach and only on one-way streets, assuming that you can define the
default as being on the right-hand side for right-hand-drive countries (and
symmetrically for the left-hand ones). For dual lane traffic or for
emergency bays on the "wrong" side of the road you need an agreed way to
define which side of the road. I do not like the way approach of the
emergency_bay tagging, as it actually requires a separate way, which does
not reflect the reality on the ground.
As both tags are so far relatively low-use, it may not be too late to unify
the bus_bay and emergency_bay mapping approaches.
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