[Tagging] How to tag oneway restriction applying to pedestrians?

Jarek PiĆ³rkowski jarek at piorkowski.ca
Sun Jan 12 00:13:21 UTC 2020

On Sat, 11 Jan 2020 at 18:18, Jmapb via Tagging
<tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
> On 1/11/2020 11:16 AM, Jarek PiĆ³rkowski wrote:
> > I imagine that virtually all real-world pedestrian ways that are
> > one-way for pedestrians would be on dedicated pedestrian ways - that
> > is, highway=footway. If that's correct, oneway=yes can be interpreted
> > as referring to pedestrians on footways (it looks like osm-carto
> > already does this?). I struggle to imagine a one-way pedestrian way
> > that is also open to bicycle riders (dismount still works in this
> > scheme). Perhaps the only other thing could be highway=path, where
> > there could be some ambiguity with bicycles. But at least we can avoid
> > the "street with sidewalk" interpretation. Does anyone have
> > counterexamples?
> Not sure if it's a counterexample, but here's a hw=pedestrian in a park
> in Brooklyn, New York:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/97010406
> - It was originally a vehicle route but was changed to pedestrian with
> painted bike and foot lanes. For motor vehicles, only emergency and
> specifically permitted delivery traffic is allowed.
> - It was *always* one-way, and the one-way signs are still there.
> Bicycles and permitted motor vehicles are required to follow the one-way
> signs.
> - Pedestrians can move in either direction, and this is explicitly
> indicated by painted marks in the pedestrian lane. (Thus there's a
> oneway:foot=no tag, and it's worth noting that OSRM respects oneway:foot
> and routes pedestrians "backwards" but GraphHopper does not.)

That's a good counterexample - thanks.

I was thinking of a somewhat similar example of Stanley Park Seawall
in Vancouver, which is also one-way for cyclists, but is mapped with
separate ways for footway and cycleway. However the Seawall has a
physical separation in form of a small curb between the two modes, so
that's defensible. From Esri imagery it looks like Prospect Park ways
are separated by mode only with paint, so having separate ways for the
modes is not as elegant or arguably correct.

So it looks like we will indeed need a new tag to specify one-way-ness
for pedestrians.


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