[Tagging] Feature Proposal - Voting result - Pedestrian lane

Alessandro Sarretta alessandro.sarretta at gmail.com
Wed Dec 4 00:30:36 UTC 2019

Thank you Markus for this summary.

I think that the issue of having a good way to describe marked lanes on 
the road dedicated for people to walk is still there. In my opinion it 
needs a more extensive discussion and some tagging and graphic examples 
to show simple and complex application.

As an example, I'm thinking about detailed mapping for pedestrian (or 
even people with disabilities) that might need additional information. 
Information on width could help to understand if that footway is safe 
for wheelchair, or colour could help visually impaired people (or even 
smoothness values that can differ from the main road).

In an example with pedestrian lanes (or let's call them footway lanes, 
or even sidewalk lanes, ...) on both sides of a two-ways road we could 
have on the left side a 1m-wide lane, on the right side a red lane.

How should we map them?

pedestrian_lane:left:width=1 m

or something like

footway:left:width=1 m

And in case on the left we have a shared cycle/foot lane?




I think discussing of specific examples could help us clarifying which 
solution is better (or more usable).



On 03/12/19 21:35, Markus wrote:
> 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
> rejected.
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Pedestrian_lane
> 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
> Markus
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