[Tagging] Feature Proposal - Voting result - Pedestrian lane

Markus selfishseahorse at gmail.com
Tue Dec 3 20:35:04 UTC 2019

Dear all,

The voting on the proposal for a new key pedestrian_lane=* for lanes
designated for pedestrians is over. 8 people voted for the proposal, 5
against it and 1 person abstained. This is an approval by 62%, which
is below the required 75% majority. Therefore the proposal has been


The following reasons for opposing the proposal were given:

  - footway[:left/right]=lane should be used instead of the proposed
pedestrian_lane=left/right/both. (mentioned twice)

  - More discussion is needed. (mentioned twice)

  - Disagreement with the definition of sidewalk=* being a raised or
otherwise physically separated footpath at the side of a road.
(mentioned once)

In my opinion, footway[:left/right]=lane isn't a good idea for the
following reasons: 1. footway=lane is a contradiction, as a lane (part
of a road/path) isn't a footway (separate path). 2.
sidewalk=left/right/both and footway[:left/right]=lane would have two
different syntaxes, which were confusing. 3. lane would be the only
value which were a departure from the usual tag syntax where the value
is variable and the key remains constant.

Many thanks to the (unfortunately rather few) people who took part in the vote.

Best regards


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