[Talk-GB] Bridleway or track?

Nick Whitelegg nick.whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Fri Mar 15 19:02:00 UTC 2019

I would urge the use of 'foot=yes' or 'foot=permissive' for paths which are _not_ rights of way but _do_ have public access (implicitly or explicitly) rather than simply 'highway=footway' or 'highway=path'. There needs to be a way to distinguish between non-rights-of-way which definitely have public access and those which may not - so that, for example, routing software will not try and route you along some path which is private but is just missing a 'PRIVATE' sign currently.

For instance a path between roads in towns which is not a right of way I'd use 'foot=yes', while one in the countryside marked as permissive I'd use 'foot=permissive'.


From: Dave F via Talk-GB <talk-gb at openstreetmap.org>
Sent: 15 March 2019 18:24:40
To: talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Bridleway or track?

>From the footnote of that table:
"The United Kingdom Tagging Guidelines<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_Tagging_Guidelines> state that highway=path, when used it the UK, implies "a generic narrow path that is used in conjunction with access tags". This makes the default "yes" assumption dubious."

What does foot=yes mean?
Some wiki pages say it's 'legal right' another says "A urban path without any legal status suitable for walking."

This is a reason why I take much of the wiki with a pinch of salt. 'foot=yes' should be used in combination with the access tag (usually when it's  set to 'no' or 'private') not as a stand alone sub tag (ie highway=footway;foot=yes).

Are there any data users who use 'highway=footway;foot=yes' to distinguish from other footways?


On 15/03/2019 11:05, David Woolley wrote:
On 15/03/2019 01:24, Dave F via Talk-GB wrote:
AFAIA, neither tag had any impied permissions or condition attributes.

They do, and they are country specific.


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