[Tagging] JOSM's "suspicious" path data warnings

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Sat Jul 6 12:59:28 UTC 2019

Unsure if these validation warnings on uploading a changeset in JOSM are 
new or I've never noticed them before:

 >"Suspicious tag combination highway=cycleway together with 
foot=designated, use highway=path"

     This is incorrect. A cycleway tag can be used on a shared path, one 
which can have a designation for other
     transport modes, such as a Public Right of Way for walkers.

     Some erroneously believe footway,cycleway or bridleway signifies 
some kind of priority or authority which
     automatically excludes other transport modes. It doesn't.
     It's an indication of the number of different modes allowed to use 
them. Of course there are variations on this,
     which can be clarified with relevant 'access' & 'designation' tags.

     Many are rescinding the use of 'path' as, well, it's just a 
confusing, duplicating late comer

     Note the major renders make no distinction between 'path' & 'footway'

 >"unnecessary tag - foot=yes/designated is unnecessary for highway=footway"

     This is also incorrect. As an example It's used to distinguish 
between constructed footways through housing
     estates or those signed with 'footpath' from, say, worn grass 
around the perimeter of a farmers field where they
     allows dog walkers to exercise.

Anybody know when & why these were introduced?


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