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

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Mon Jan 4 21:44:06 UTC 2021

I took a good look at the pictures of the "Raststätte", literally "rest
places". They are purposely built for cyclists to pause/rest, with a
variation from just a standing pause, nothing else, to stop, sit, eat and
go. I think the main purpose is to keep the track clear, which we sorely
miss in Nederland. I would expect them to be especially at
I think picnic area is not adequate. The Radraststätte are dedicates places
for cyclism, independent of what facilities are offered. If I were planning
a cycle tour, I would certainly like to see where they are. You could even
use them as meeting places, for a car/bicycle swap *

*  I drive the first half of the long way to a distant cousin we barely
know, my wife cycles, and at the meeting point my wife takes the wheel and
I continue on the bicycle. After the birthday party we drive back with the
bicycle on the rack. Love that! Mainly because I don't drink and my wife is
much more fun when she's had a few).

In short, if there was an adequate tag,  I would use it once these things
get hold in Nederland. We would probably not call them rest areas
(rustplaatsen) because that sounds like there are graves. I think
"fietshaltes" (bicycle stops) or would be the term, or something with
"pauze"(pause) in it, and they pobably would have numbers (refs).

Peter Elderson

Op ma 4 jan. 2021 om 22:08 schreef Volker Schmidt <voschix at gmail.com>:

> It-s not for picnic, as most of them have no table. The term rest area
> would catch the purpose: you stop from cycling, sit down for a couple
> minutes, and then start with fresh forces.
> On Mon, 4 Jan 2021 at 18:36, Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging <
> tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
>> Jan 4, 2021, 17:50 by baloo at ursamundi.org:
>> On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 5:02 AM Stefan Tauner <stefan.tauner at gmx.at>
>> wrote:
>> On Mon, 4 Jan 2021 00:53:40 -0800
>> stevea <steveaOSM at softworkers.com> wrote:
>> > If I were a cyclist, I might feel differently if it were
>> miserably-raining or hot-as-Hades, but Goodna Creek Rest Stop looks like
>> more of a joke than what I would call a “Rest Stop.”  I do not mean to
>> offend, and I realize that automobile operators pulling into “my”
>> California Rest Stop can use the restroom, fill a canteen, buy.a
>> reasonably-priced ice cream bar (frozen pretty solid, even on a hot day)
>> and make a phone call, all while the kids are running the dog and filling
>> his water bowl after they clean up after him.  THAT’S a rest stop.  You can
>> even do this if you are a cyclist (and the road allows cyclists, some do).
>> >
>> > It would seem that in Australia and Italy, an entirely unique tag must
>> be invented, or perhaps simply the individual amenities (building=roof,
>> bicycle_parking=6 might be “all she wrote” for Goodna Creek) can be
>> included on a node, nodes or tiny (beach-towel sized?) closed way.
>> When I read the first mail in this thread I was imagining more complete
>> rest areas as well like what you would find in Germany and Austria if
>> they are newly built:
>> https://www.google.com/search?q=radweg+rastplatz&tbm=isch
>> I wouldn't call that a rest area.  Picnic area, sure.
>> +1 it is a picnic site / picnic table, not a rest area.
>> And we have tags for that.
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