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

Andrew Davidson theswavu at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 20:53:16 UTC 2020

On Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 2:37 AM Jmapb <jmapb at gmx.com> wrote:

> Hi all, just noticed this passage on the cycleway=* wiki page (
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:cycleway ):
> (This was added by wiki user Aaronsta last May, with no change
> description.)
> Does anyone know if there was a discussion, here or elsewhere, that led
> to this change?

Yes, no. The same user also changed the Australian tagging guidelines
without discussion, which we didn't notice till last October:


and they were reverted. Didn't notice at the time that he'd also edited the
parent page.

> My own impression over the years has been that mappers use
> highway=cycleway on anything that primarily for bicycle traffic, and add
> access keys for any other permitted traffic. Similarly for
> highway=footway. So "highway=cycleway + foot=yes" and "highway=footway +
> bicycle=designated" are quite common.

Using cycleway/footway to map primary/secondary paths is a informal but
common practice.

> Is there a general consensus that
> these are better mapped as highway=path?

 I had a go at summarising the case against path back in October:

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