[Tagging] highway=path for *all* mixed foot/bicycle highways?

Mike Thompson miketho16 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 20:43:22 UTC 2020

On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 1:32 PM Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 2:16 PM Mike Thompson <miketho16 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Here is an example of a major trail in the area where I live:
https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/385367054 which someone has tagged as a
cycleway.  I have biked, walked and ran this trail many different times
over the years and I have no indication that it was built for a specific
purpose.  On a typical day I would say that non cyclists outnumber cyclist.
I also just visited the websites for the various entities that manage the
trail, and there is no indication I could find that it was built for a
single purpose.  It is a general recreation trail.  I suspect the
"cycleway" tag was used so that it would show up in some cycling specific
renderer... but I can't say that for sure.
> Possibly old version of the way had lanes and signage, which got deleted
in a more recent rebuild?  Or just bad tagging?  Either way, looking at it
in id's default imagery I'd say that definitely looks like a path to me
now, barring any on the ground knowledge.  Though the width and turn radii
on curves tends to make me think they wanted it to be a cycleway but then
either chickened out or downgraded it at the last minute.   ____
There is a painted centerline if I recall, but does that necessarily mean
it is a "cycleway"?  The centerline is just as much to keep walkers from
taking up the entire trail as it is for cyclists.  Regarding the turn
radii, I would say the authorities probably intended it to be used by
cyclists as well as other users.

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