[Tagging] RFC: service=? for all highway=service (service=parking needed, primarily, I think)

Jmapb jmapb at gmx.com
Sun Aug 2 05:04:15 UTC 2020

On 8/1/2020 8:40 PM, David Dean wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'm interested in proposing and/or documenting existing tagging
> approaches of the wiki to ensure that all highway=service ways can
> have a service=? associated tag.

Hi David -- My feeling is that often highway=service, without a
service=* tag, is a useful and valid tagging practice.

The basic rule I follow is that any road that is not part of the general
public road network but is more established than a track should be
highway=service. (There are exceptions of course -- privately operated
residential, unclassified, tertiary etc -- but that's the basic rule.)
If that road isn't obviously a driveway, alley, drive-through, or
parking aisle then I'm usually fine to omit the service=* tag.

Here of some of the situations where I use highway=service without
  - Roads through cemeteries
  - Roads through campgrounds
  - Roads through schools
  - Roads through universities
  - Roads through hotels
  - Roads through museums
  - Roads through prisons
  - Roads through military areas
  - Roads through airports
  - Roads through retirement homes
  - Roads through resorts
  - Roads through reservoirs (sometimes over dams)
  - Roads through ski areas
  - Roads that serve privately-owned inholdings surrounded by public land
  - Maintenance roads in parks
  - Private semi-residential roads that serve multiple driveways
  - Non-public roads though industrial areas

This is just off the top of my head. There are probably dozens more in
use across the globe.

My feeling is that these uses do not require and would not much benefit
from a specified service= tag. I don't see the need for service=prison,
service=ski_area, service=campground, etc.


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