[Tagging] Pedestrian access tagging

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 21:51:30 UTC 2021

The freeway rules in the US vary from state to state

In Arizona, cyclists may generally use freeway shoulders, unless explicitly
Pedestrians are generally not allowed. There are normally no-pedestrian
on the freeway entrance

" Section 21960 of the Vehicle Code allows Caltrans to prohibit
nonmotorized travel on freeways. It is Caltrans’ policy to prohibit
pedestrians on freeways. However, Caltrans allows bicycle travel on
approximately one-fourth of the State’s freeways. Freeway shoulders that
are open to bicyclists are usually in non urban areas where a safe and
convenient alternate route does not exist. "
The prohibition is signposted: When you are on a freeway and the open part
ends, this is indicated by signs "bicycles must exit".

New Mexico
Bicycles on freeways generally ok

On Sun, 24 Jan 2021 at 19:47, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

> sent from a phone
> > On 24 Jan 2021, at 18:16, Brian M. Sperlongano <zelonewolf at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > 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.
> it’s the default for OpenStreetMap to assume everybody can access a
> highway road, unless it has restricted access (motorway). I am not familiar
> with the US situation, but I thought interstate highways are usually
> motorways? If a road is forbidden for pedestrians and not a motorway or
> motorroad, you should add foot=no IMHO, even in absence of signage.
> Cheers Martin
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