[Tagging] Pedestrian access tagging

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 17:36:32 UTC 2021

This depends on the State. The laws are local, since we have a Federal
system in the US.

Oregon you can walk or bike on all Interstate motorways, except for certain
sections in the urbanized Portland metro area, and one viaduct in the city
of Medford.

So in Oregon there are signs that prohibit pedestrians and bikes at the
on-ramps to the Interstate in these areas only.


— Joseph Eisenberg

On Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 9:16 AM Brian M. Sperlongano <zelonewolf at gmail.com>

> On Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 11:36 AM Martin Koppenhoefer <
> dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
>> sent from a phone
>> > On 24 Jan 2021, at 17:22, Brian M. Sperlongano <zelonewolf at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > Without knowing anything about Swedish law, it's clear that the road is
>> physically inaccessible to pedestrians, and any pedestrian router that
>> routes over it would be in error.
>> if there is no shoulder and no sidewalk, you must walk at the border of
>> the carriageway, at least in many countries this is the case.
>> If the intention is to legally prevent it, you would have to put a
>> motorway or motorroad sign or one that explicitly forbids pedestrians.
> While this may be true in certain countries, quite simply, this is false
> as a general rule worldwide.
> US laws prohibit walking on Interstate highway, but there is not always
> signage explicitly prohibiting pedestrians.  There are also state highways
> built to the same standards as interstate highways.
> Here is one such highway entrance that I am familiar with.  If you hit
> "play" you will encounter exactly zero signs prohibiting pedestrian access
> as you transition from surface roads to a controlled-access state highway
> (highway=motorway) to an interstate highway (also highway=motorway).
> https://www.mapillary.com/map/im/MW4IkWoY7JicUlmyqbSN2B
> Traffic signage in the US varies quite a bit from place to place and in
> general there is much less explicit signage here that in Europe, especially
> when it comes to pedestrians.  Quite a bit of US traffic law is written but
> not signed, and there is a well-known phrase "ignorance of the law is no
> excuse".  Many of our laws are not signed and you just have to know about
> them (seriously).  The US is a very car-oriented place; pedestrian access
> is often an afterthought (if thought of at all) outside of urban areas.
> Relying solely on explicit signage without local knowledge would result in
> nonsensical tagging.
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