[Talk-GB] Should highway=byway be deprecated?

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Wed Aug 22 14:50:08 BST 2012

I have seen Byway signs in Wiltshire in the past few months.


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On 22/08/2012 14:21 SomeoneElse wrote:

Dave F. wrote:
> is there an out of copyright source for the two different types of 
> byway: restricted_byway & byway_open_to_all_traffic?

I'd imagine that the same applies as for other public rights of way - in 
some places there may be something made available which is OK 
licence-wise; in other areas not. There was an attempt a few months ago 
to try and rustle up a few more areas (on this list I believe).

> If not, as many are signed on the ground as just 'byway', I'm not sure 
> highway=byway should be deprecated. How are users distinguishing what 
> type they are?

There are two issues here. One is whether "highway=byway" actually 
helps describe what sort of highway it is. I'd argue that it doesn't, 
and that "highway=service/track/something else as appropriate" + some 
descriptive tags would be better, along with 

The other is whether it makes sense to map something that's labelled 
"byway" as " "designation=byway_open_to_all_traffic" or 
"designation=byway". I've never yet found* something labelled "byway" 
that isn't actually a BOAT, so I haven't complained when people have 
come along and tried to standardise "designation=byway" to 


* mostly in the East Mids - other areas may vary!



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