[Talk-GB] Paths and Footways

Dudley Ibbett dudleyibbett at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 17 17:42:03 UTC 2015


My thoughts as follows:

This is really going to be something for a UK specific rendering.  It is actually quite useful as a QC exercise to rendering footways/paths with and without a designation tag.  Something I do on my own Garmin map.  The presumption on my part being that ideally we would like to see all footway/bridleways etc have their appropriate designation tag.

I think this is really something for a specialist site.  “waymarkedtrails” does this very well.  

I would not be in favour of this.  It would be very subjective and would vary throughout the year for many footpaths and depend on who and how many people had walked it recently. 

I guess if the new rendering for footway throws up significant problems there will be more interest in a UK website.



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From: Rob Nickerson
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Hi all,

Given that paths and footways are now rendered the same way in the default OSM style I wonder whether it is time to look at how the map can provide better information.

For rural mappers tagging a path/footway as unpaved surface results in it having less prominence on the map. As most major public rights of way are unpaved this makes these paths harder to view on the default OSM map.

Some possible changes:

1. Render all paths/footways that are tagged as designation=public_footpath (or other RoW) more prominently.
2. Render those paths/footways that make up a long distance walking route more prominent (relation data).

3. Render based on another tag such as trail visibility [1] or maybe we need a brand new tag to indicate path dominance (like we have motorway/trunk/primary/etc for roads).

What are people's thoughts on this? The second has a request on github already [2]. 

[1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:trail_visibility
[2] https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/issues/1750

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