[Talk-GB] JOSM presets for rights of way in England and Wales

Nick Whitelegg Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Sat Feb 4 20:00:40 GMT 2012

> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:United_Kingdom_Tagging_Guidelines#JOSM_presets_now_available
> Comments on these presets and how they might be improved are welcome!
>I may have not been reading this list thoroughly but I did not realise 
>that highway=path is a "vexed issue". I have been tagging rural 
>footpaths this way for some time, while I have used highway=footway for 
>more urban footways. I see from the table in the wiki which you link to 
>above (labelled Presets 0.7 (2012-01-29)) that none of these 
>recommendations include a highway=path tag. Should I therefore re-tag my 
>paths according to your table?

This is a somewhat contentious issue, but all I can say is that this is precisely what I do and several others.
Remember to also use the designation tag to specify the rights, public_footpath / public_bridleway / byway_open_to_all_traffic etc.
highway is generally taken to indicate the physical condition of the way, e.g. highway=track if it's a track rather than a path.


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