[Talk-GB] Tagging "Shared space" roads (Preston City Centre)

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Sun Oct 1 13:29:24 UTC 2017

It depends if you want to have a uniform basis for "living_street"
across the world (well, Europe at least). The concept is well known and
understood in continental Europe, and basically implies driving at
walking pace, no separate pavements, no parking except in marked spaces,
and all road users (including pedestrians!) have equal priority. Such
streets are always residential in character. 

The UK implementation of this concept is known as a Home Zone [1]. 

Shared space schemes (see [2]) are something different, aimed at town
centre environments more than housing estates. 

So please DO NOT consider expanding living_street to include these
shared spaces. 


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_zone 

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/shared-space 

On 2017-10-01 15:12, Adam Snape wrote:

> Hi, 
> Over the past couple of years Fishergate, the high street in Preston, and some surrounding streets have been redeveloped and these highways are now designated as 'shared space' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_space
> Following redeveleopment these were mapped as "highway=living_street". Earlier this year fellow mapper 'lakedistrict' left a note saying that this seemed incorrect as this wasn't a residential scheme, I agreed and changed the roads to unclassified highways (+ 1 tertiary), adding traffic calming, surface and access tags as appropriate. These roads have recently been changed back to highway-=living_street by another mapper 'Pete Owens' https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/52072635 
> To move things forward I would like others' opinions about how we should map such shared space schemes Are we happy to broaden the definition of living_street to include them or are they better mapped as ordinary streets with additional tags? Another potential option which I toyed with was mapping them as highway=pedestrian, adding access tags (bicycles are permitted, motor vehicle access varies across the area from 24/7 thoroughfares, to time conditional/destination/psv only access). 
> I'll draw lakedistrict and Pete Owens' attentions to this email so that they can contribute to the discussion. 
> Kind regards, 
> Adam (ACS1986) 
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