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

Hubert87 sg.forum at gmx.de
Wed Jan 29 20:11:08 UTC 2020

Just my two cents from germany:

In general

hw=cycleway  <> hw=path + bicycle=designated;
hw=footway<> hw=path + foot=designated;
hw=bridleway <> hw=path + horse=designated;

For combinded foot and cycle paths: hw=path + bicycle=designated +
foot=designated + segregated=no;

For segregated foot and cycle paths:  hw=path + bicycle=designated +
foot=designated + segregated=no;

hw=path was supposed to decrapate hw=cycleway/footway/bridleway (*that
went well*)

hw=path is not only for trials. You can use "informal=yes"
(indocumented) if it's a path by "popular demand" and not a planned one.
Path itself also does not imply anything about it's surface. For that
use "surface=ground/compacted/asphalt/concrete/etc.", (*duh*)

Of course I'm not very familiary with mapping conventions in the new
world, so please take this at your discretion.


Am 27.01.2020 um 16:36 schrieb Jmapb:
> Hi all, just noticed this passage on the cycleway=* wiki page (
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:cycleway ):
>> For mapping a separate path (on a separate way) dedicated to cycling
>> traffic use highway=cycleway. Foot traffic is restricted on these paths.
>>   *  Do not use highway=cycleway on paths for both cyclist and foot
>> traffic (such as shared paths). Instead use highway=path with
>> bicycle=designated and foot=designated. Add also segregated=yes or
>> segregated=no) as applicable.
>>    * For paths where cycling is not permissible use highway=footway.
>> If cycling is permissible even if it is not signed but legally
>> permissible on a path, use highway=path (and a combination of the
>> segregated key and designated tag as applicable) and not
>> highway=footway.
> (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?
> 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. Is there a general consensus that
> these are better mapped as highway=path?
> If so, we might want to consider standardizing the highway=cycleway and
> highway=footway wiki pages with this same rule. And also editing the
> highway=path page, which currently says it's not for use in urban
> situations.
> Thanks, Jason
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