[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Tramtrack on highway

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Wed Nov 7 22:16:38 UTC 2018

On Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 3:51 PM SelfishSeahorse <selfishseahorse at gmail.com>

> On Wed, 7 Nov 2018 at 03:45, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:
> >
> > Putting the centerline of the rails somewhere other than the middle of
> the tracks is arguably worse, particularly for use cases that depend on
> this (creating a train simulator, or pedestrian navigation, for example).
> As far as pedestrian navigation is concerned, it depends on whether
> sidewalks are mapped as separate ways or as tags on the road. In the
> latter case, a pedestrian router doesn't know that there are tram
> tracks on the road, but that there are tram tracks *next to* (outside)
> the road.
> Consider the following crossing and imagine that the northern sidewalk
> of Schlossstrasse wasn't mapped as a separate way, but as sidewalk=*
> on the road way:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/721154448
> When turning from the northern sidewalk of Schlossstrasse into
> Mutacherstrasse, a pedestrian router would assume that one has to
> cross tram tracks (which obviously isn't the case). Even for vehicles
> driving on westwards on Schlossstrasse and turning into
> Mutacherstrasse a router would assume that the vehicle has to cross
> tram tracks (although in reality the tram tracks are located in the
> middle of the road and the traffic lane further away).

Moot point, sidewalks should be mapped as separate ways for the same
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