[Talk-GB] Gates open/closed by default

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Fri Jul 26 10:58:21 UTC 2019

On 2019-07-26 12:26, Gareth L wrote:

> This was discussed on the wiki https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Tag:barrier%3Dgate [1] with the suggestion of using a status tag. And was also discussed (9 years ago?!) https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk-gb/2010-May/thread.html [2] 
> Tagging things as access=private does impact routing a lot, so I'd evaluate that use carefully.

Access=* denotes the legal position, not the presence or absence of
physical obstacles. Access=permissive is just as wrong as access=private
as a proxy for gate=normally_open etc. Don't tag incorrectly for the
renderer (or router!) 

The state of openness can vary more widely: when it is shut, it may or
may not be locked (perhaps you can open it yourself if required) and may
consist of multiple gates with different rules - like one half open to
allow you to leave the premises, but the other half shut; or the big
gate shut to keep vehicles, and a small gate open for pedestrians. In
these cases mapping a single gate is not going to allow the fine-grained
information to be added easily. 


[1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Tag:barrier%3Dgate
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