[Tagging] Disabled access on footpaths

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Sun Jun 13 10:56:00 UTC 2021

This comes under 'too subjective to classify' for me. Disabilities vary 
greatly. Describe the physical attributes of the ways & barriers using 
the numerous, well established tags & leave it to individuals to decide 
for themselves.


On 10/06/2021 14:21, Paul Allen wrote:
> I'm starting to map a new (ish) nature reserve which has permissive 
> access footpaths (that
> bit is easy), and some of those footpaths are suitable for wheelchair 
> users.  I'm guessing
> some will also be accessible to mobility scooters (I will ask them, 
> but I don't expect sensible
> answers).  Various rambling groups are pushing for better disabled 
> access on footpaths
> and bridleways, and UK legislation almost requires it. So...
> 1) How do we tag that a footpath/bridleway is legally (and 
> practically) accessible to
> wheelchairs and, possibly, mobility scooters?  I think they need to be 
> covered
> independently as legislation doesn't draw a distinction but the 
> situation on the
> ground might permit wheelchairs but not mobility scooters. So 
> wheelchair=yes
> probably isn't the right way to go.
> 2) The nature reserve states that some of the paths have "shallow 
> gradients" and
> "compacted gravel surfaces suited to wheelchair users." Did we ever 
> settle on a
> definition of gravel type that would fit this?
> 3) Pedestrian access is via "a mobility kissing gate which is 
> RADAR-key friendly."
> Video of somebody in a mobility scooter using a RADAR-key mobility kissing
> gate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVy3aWRtS5Y 
> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVy3aWRtS5Y> (easy in one direction, not
> so easy in the other).
> RADAR is now officially known as the National Key Scheme, but everyone
> still calls it RADAR.  There is an equivalent (but not physically 
> interchangeable)
> Euro Key used in Germany, Switzerland and a few other European countries.
> I thought we had tags for access key schemes, but my memory must be 
> playing up.
> There are probably equivalent schemes elsewhere, so any tagging needs to
> distinguish between schemes - anyone expecting to open a UK RADAR lock
> with a Euro Key is going to be disappointed.  Something like a
> disability_access_key=* attribute?
> https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/shop/official-and-only-genuine-radar-key 
> <https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/shop/official-and-only-genuine-radar-key>
> Euro Key: https://www.eurokey.ch/en/ <https://www.eurokey.ch/en/> and
> https://www.schwerbehindertenausweis.de/nachteilsausgleiche/mobilitaet-und-reisen/euroschluessel-fuer-behindertentoiletten 
> <https://www.schwerbehindertenausweis.de/nachteilsausgleiche/mobilitaet-und-reisen/euroschluessel-fuer-behindertentoiletten>
> Section 20 of UK Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970:
> https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1970/44/section/20 
> <https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1970/44/section/20>
> It covers "invalid carriages" whether or not "mechanically propelled" 
> (wheelchairs
> and mobility scooters) on footways; and defines "footway" as "a way 
> which is a footway
> [sidewalk in OSM-speak], footpath or bridleway within the meaning of 
> the Highways Act 1980."
> It doesn't say that footpaths and bridleways must be accessible to the 
> disabled but states that
> "no statutory provision prohibiting or restricting the use of footways 
> shall prohibit or restrict the
> use of that vehicle on a footway."  In practise, new footpaths are 
> often constructed with
> disabled access in mind and existing gates/stiles are being replaced 
> with disabled-friendly
> versions.
> -- 
> Paul
> -- 
> Paul
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