[Tagging] Pedestrian access tagging

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 22:08:30 UTC 2021

This is quite important in Arizona because the Interstate freeways
completely replaced the previous paved roads through the Sonora desert, and
usually you would have to travel 100s of kilometers out of your way to find
another paved road. Many trans-continental bike tours take I-8 or I-40
through eastern California and western Arizona where there is no feasible

Oregon also has this issue in a few places, where I-84 or I-5 is now the
only road, since I-84 it replaced the historic Columbia River Highway
through the Columbia River Gorge, and the old road thru the Blue Mountains,
while Interstate 5 replaced Hwy 99 through the passes in the southern
Oregon mountains (at Stage Road Pass and the Siskiyou Pass at the
California border).

Practically this means most bike tourists just entirely avoid these routes
and plan alternatives which are 100 kilometers out of the way when given
the choice, but if you actually need to get from A to B the Interstate is
the only option, other than renting a car or taking the bus.

So these particular motorways need explicit bicycle=yes and foot=yes tags.
This is an area where we can be better than proprietary maps which often
lack these details, making it impossible to plan legal (though unpleasant)
bike routes.

– Joseph Eisenberg

On Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 1:54 PM Volker Schmidt <voschix at gmail.com> wrote:

> The freeway rules in the US vary from state to state
> In Arizona, cyclists may generally use freeway shoulders, unless
> explicitly prohibited.
> Pedestrians are generally not allowed. There are normally no-pedestrian
> signs
> <https://www.google.it/maps/@35.245152,-112.2157429,3a,15y,248.34h,83.62t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1syeZt8wYJZsM-XgZrVexh4Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656>
> on the freeway entrance
> California:
> " 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>
> wrote:
>> 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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