[talk-au] Sidewalk vs Footpath?

Joel H. joelh at disroot.org
Thu Sep 20 12:36:59 UTC 2018

In iD for me at least, paths next to roads are called "Pavement". I
agree with this terminology the most and think it was a mistake for OSM
to adapt the footway=sidewalk tag.

On 20/9/18 8:57 pm, Andrew Harvey wrote:
> Personally I refer to the path next to the road designed for
> pedestrians as the footpath, assuming sidewalk is an american term not
> really used in Australian English.
> So I had set the translation of "sidewalk" in the iD editor for
> Australian English to Footpath, however it seems this is causing
> confusion and leading to people inadvertently tagging paths not going
> along side the road as a sidewalk.
> At the moment iD has two presets "Foot path" (highway=footway) and
> "Footpath" (highway=footway, footway=sidewalk).
> I see now that's just confusing, so I think we should just change this
> back to sidewalk as it's probably understood by most Australians and
> it's clearer about the distinction between highway=footway and
> highway=footway, footway=sidewalk.
> Anyone have any thoughts?
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