[Tagging] what is the meaning of bicycle=yes on highway=path

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 11 19:15:00 UTC 2019

On 11/04/2019 17:13, Volker Schmidt wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Apr 2019 at 17:50, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org 
> <mailto:baloo at ursamundi.org>> wrote:
>     It's recommended that bicycle and foot get tagged explicitly where
>     there's no obvious global default (like footway, path, cycleway
>     and motorway).
> Where can I find this recommendation ?
> I had found only these default access tables: 
> Default-Access-Restriction for all countries 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_tags_for_routing/Access-Restrictions>.. 
> And these are not even approved.
I'd treat those with a very big pinch of salt, if the "United Kingdom" 
ones are anything to go by.  Problems with the UK table include:

  * No allowance for the "just not mapped yet" case - a footpath on
    private land may very well be private.  Paths mapped from imagery
    only likely won't have access tags because the mapper simply doesn't
  * "track" and "service" are missing altogether.
  * The UK has three different legal systems, not one.  In the main
    table Scotland (not for the first time) has been ignored.
  * In England and Wales, no distinction between "legal right of way in
    " and "you're allowed to, but no legal right of way" (English laws
    are weird).
  * No mention of CROW Act land (another odd legal case).

However it does sound like you (Volker) agree with Paul (and I) here - 
it's good to explicitly use access tags if it's not obvious.

It'd be good to get back to having access tags just describing legal 
access, but "highway=path" is a problem here - where used, it needs what 
what normally be an access tag to say what sort of path it is, rather 
than other modifiers (width, surface, tracktype, etc.)

Best Regards,


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