[Tagging] Highway=rest_area on bicycle or foot routes ?

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Sat Jan 2 12:39:45 UTC 2021


On Fri, 2021-01-01 at 21:58 +0000, Andy Townsend wrote:
> On 01/01/2021 21:52, ael via Tagging wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 01, 2021 at 12:53:36PM -0800, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> > > Re: "just a bench, dustbin, an (empty) information table and
> > > bicycle stand."
> > > 
> > > That's certainly not a highway=rest_area, because a rest_area
> > > always has
> > > toilets.
> > > 
> > Really. Then I have mistagged a ridiculous number of laybys in the
> > UK
> > incorrectly. The "layby" tag disappeared from the josm presets, and
> > rest_area seemed to be the new option. I have since changed back to
> > using layby anyway, but all those older edits are still rest_areas.
> > 
> It looks like the JOSM presets are wrong on this occasion.
> 
> A layby isn't a highway=rest_area; it usually (in the UK) has no 
> faclities beyond the ability to park.  A small number might have a
> bin 
> as well, but that's it.  To mistag a layby as a rest_area would
> severely 
> disappoint people looking for an actual rest_area.
> 
Rest Areas, as commonly found on continental motorways, are
(unfortunately) very very rare in the UK. As Andy says a laybys
certainly do not fit this description.

Phil






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