[Tagging] "width" on streets: Time for a recommendation

Supaplex supaplex at riseup.net
Mon Sep 21 13:52:14 UTC 2020

As a result of this discussion I would like to add a clarifying
paragraph on the corresponding wiki page. The core statement is: "To
avoid these ambiguities, some tags are in use to specify the width of
different elements: ..." See the Talk Page:

Maybe someone has time and motivation to make a proposal(?) to directly
define "width" in these cases. Since there are different opinions on
this, I would leave it at a clarifying paragraph for now.

- Alex -

Am 14.09.20 um 20:34 schrieb Supaplex:
> Hey all,
> again and again there are discussions about which parts of a street
> (sidewalks and cycle paths, parking lanes, carriageway) should be
> considered when determining the width of a street. There does not seem
> to be a consensus and therefore information on street widths is
> difficult to interpret or is not even mapped. The following variants are
> common/are discussed:
> 1) Width of the actual carriageway, without parking lanes and sidewalks
> 2) Width between curbs / edges of the road without sidewalks, but with
> parked cars when they are on street
> 3) Width including sidewalks / roadside paths
> I tend to option 2):
> - The width can be clearly defined and measured
> - The width of the actual carriageway can be determined by using
> "parking:lane" scheme correctly (or alternatively/supplementarily by
> specifying the width of parking lanes). "width:carriageway" (or
> "width:lanes", if there are marked lanes) also could be used to map this
> width directly.
> - The width of roadside paths can optionally be specified with
> "sidewalk:width" etc.
> Wouldn't it be time to document a recommendation in the Wiki to reduce
> further ambiguities? Which variant is the most recommendable? Anyway,
> the width of a street is a significant value to evaluate its suitability
> or safety for certain modes of transport or to determine the speed that
> can be expected there.
> Thanks for your comments,
> Alex
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