[Talk-GB] Mapping a combined stile and gate?

SK53 sk53.osm at gmail.com
Mon Apr 22 13:00:25 UTC 2019

I will often map both the track through the gate & the path over the stile.
It's usually a matter of judgement as to whether the line of the PRoW
should go over the stile or through the gate. It's not unusual to find a
moribund stile in such circumstances, which I map as a standalone node.
Keeping all the information is, I think, useful. Landowners change usage,
or ownership changes with accordingly different attitudes to PRoWs, so
there's no guarantee that a route will go through the gate in a few years

As usual, don't worry about how it looks on Carto-CSS: they can't solve
very rendering problem, and having both gate & stile visible is useful for
people updating the data. Specialist use for walking could choose to omit
the non-PRoW elements, or otherwise generalise the data (not widely done
yet, but something which is generally needed as OSM becomes more detailed).


On Mon, 22 Apr 2019 at 13:45, Martin Wynne <martin at templot.com> wrote:

> Often in my travels I come across something like this:
>   http://85a.uk/stile_gate2_1280x720.jpg
>   http://85a.uk/stile_gate_1280x720.jpg
> Should this be mapped as a stile or a gate? Or both side by side?
> If the latter, which node should the way be connected to?
> It's a public right of way on foot, and walkers need to know that they
> must climb a stile if the gate is locked. But if you "map what you see
> on the ground" (which is the supposed golden rule), it is simply a track
> passing through a gate.
> If I split the way in two, and have a short section of footpath passing
> over a stile *and* a track passing through a gate, it looks daft on the
> map, as if there is a Clapham Junction in the middle of a grassy field.
> And if I do that, is it essential to split out the short bit of the
> track through the gate, from which the public right-of-way designation
> (and ref number) is removed?
> thanks,
> Martin.
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