[Tagging] Pedestrian access tagging

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Sat Jan 23 17:14:17 UTC 2021

As said above, road-class-related access restrictions vary from country to
country (and at least in the US and in Germany, to my knowledge, from State
to State). In addition mapping communities in different countries operate
different assignments of highway values to OSM road categories.

One thing that certainly does not work is to add foot=yes to indicate a
road that is suitable for pedestrians.
The same thing is valld the other way around, foot=no cannot be used to
indicate a road as not suitable for pedestrians.

I personally would be extremely cautious about publishing safety
assessments of roads..

Regarding Italy, most roads, with the exception of motorway and motorroad
(in OSM-speak) that have no sidewalk are legally foot=yes. But most of
those are not suitable, because they are dangerous.

On Sat, 23 Jan 2021 at 16:34, Jeroen Hoek <mail at jeroenhoek.nl> wrote:

> On 22-01-2021 22:55, Brian M. Sperlongano wrote:
> > Interested in hearing community thoughts as to how you make use of
> > the foot=* tag in your area and recommendations on how to tackle
> > this problem generally from a data consumer perspective.
> If you are evaluating pedestrian access, don't forget to treat
> foot=use_sidepath as a negative value as well (i.e., no access, in this
> case because a mapped parallel way should be used instead).
> See https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:foot%3Duse_sidepath
> And as other have noted, pedestrian access to trunk roads or higher is
> strictly out of the question in many countries, so always start with the
> default access rules for the country the way is in before applying the
> tagged foot=* values.
> > The European view seems to be that foot=no is ONLY applied in places
> > where pedestrian access is signed as illegal or otherwise codified in
> > law.
> This is simply because situations where pedestrians may use the road but
> can't because the road is unsuitable are rare if existent at all in some
> countries — like the Netherlands. I know only a few cases of roads
> outside of built-up areas that lack signage or applicable laws
> forbidding pedestrians yet really shouldn't be used by them at all.
> Perhaps countries like the US need a foot=discouraged tag or something
> like that which offers navigation software the choice to avoid or
> include such roads.
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