[Tagging] distance_from_road tag

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Wed Jan 15 13:02:24 UTC 2020

On 2020-01-15 13:52, Lionel Giard wrote:

> Yes this is something you can do with any distance algorithm in available in any GIS tool. That's not something that i would ever map as it would vary with any geometry change of the ways between the road the point you measure, added to the fact that it add nothing to explicitly map it (in my opinion at least). It is essentially what any routing app will calculate when you ask "find the nearest POI" for example.

Surely the question is not about straight-line geometric distance/time
but about route distance along paths etc. in pedestrian mode. "Nearest"
is not nearest in terms of geometric distance, but the POI with the
shortest route. 

> Le mer. 15 janv. 2020 à 12:45, Mateusz Konieczny <matkoniecz at tutanota.com> a écrit : 
>> I propose describing distance_from_road tag, defined as 
>> "distance in meters from nearest road" as a misguided idea that should not 
>> be used. 
>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:distance_from_road was recently 
>> created by PangoSE and claims 
>> "Useful for indicating the distance to nearest road accessible by a 
>> normal car for people who cannot walk very long because of illness or 
>> pregnancy but anyway want to get out in nature. " 
>> "I'm quite sure there is a clever GIS way of calculating this using a routing engine, 
>> unfortunately no tool or website has yet been created to easily visualize this yet. 
>> When this is available we could probably get rid of this tag or generate its values by bot." 
>> I am 100% sure that such tags are not welcomed and especially bot idea is really 
>> poor, but I want to ask other for confirmation. _______________________________________________
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