[Tagging] lanes - is "parking allowed" a parking lane?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 10:47:33 UTC 2020

Am Fr., 20. Nov. 2020 um 11:28 Uhr schrieb Mateusz Konieczny <
matkoniecz at tutanota.com>:

> This seems unlikely, with 0 lanes it would mean that cars inside are
> blocked
> and unable to leave.

that's not the meaning of "lanes", lanes=0 would mean that there are no
traffic lanes. (this is what the wiki says about "lanes").

> I even mentioned two variants of "two parking lanes":
> - two parking lanes on road, one driveable lane, no road markings - I
> would tag as lanes=1
>  (
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:Barton_St_view_E_between_South_Park_Rd_and_Brown_St,_Macclesfield.jpg
> )

parking "lanes" are not counting as "lanes", because parked vehicles are
not "traffic".
I agree for your example that I would tag this as lanes=1 as well.

> And illegal de-facto parking is problematic in general

yes, maybe we should rather tag the police station as corrupt or lazy or
both, than focussing on all the problematic, tolerated, illegal parking ;-)

IMHO these are 2 lanes, clearly marked on the ground. I do not see a reason
> for one lane to be seen as parking lane only.
> Even if it is both de facto pernament parking lane and parking in this way
> is legal?

as long as cars do not have to stop in order to pass each other, yes. I
agree the width of the road is restricted, but if opposite traffic can
continuously pass, it is 2 lanes according to the current wiki ("how many
traffic lanes there are on a highway.")
Another question that comes to mind, now that we have removed the
requirement for road markings. In a situation where 3 lanes are marked, but
vehicles ignore the marked lanes and actually drive in 4 lanes, would you
tag this as 3 or 4 lanes?

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