[Talk-GB] Milton Keynes Redways - How to Tag Consistently

Peter Neale nealepb at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Mar 21 15:35:25 UTC 2019

Thanks to all for the helpful responses.
I have looked (again) at the OSM Tags for Routing at https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_tags_for_routing/Access-Restrictions#United_Kingdomfrom which it is clear that foot=yes (for example) is implied by highway=cycleway.
However, Andy's question (if I understand it correctly) set me wondering whether there is any need to / benefit from distinguishing between foot=yes and foot=designated, etc.  
MK council, in their public mapping, imply that Redways are NOT (generally / universally) PROW.  However, they DO seem to be "designated" for foot and cycle (and wheelchairs etc.), so perhaps they should be tagged; bicycle=designated; foot=designated,etc.,which highway=cycleway does not imply.
Also, at the end of my original post, I asked:
"NamingI am not aware of any Redways that have unique names (someone will probably correct me on this), but I see several on OSM tagged with “name=Redway”.  Whilst I can see the attraction of doing this, I suspect that would not be considered good practice.  Should I delete that name, whenever I see it? "
Nobody seems to have commented on that yet (perhaps it got lost somewhere).  Any views? 


    On Thursday, 21 March 2019, 13:54:20 GMT, Andy Townsend <ajt1047 at gmail.com> wrote:  
 On 21/03/2019 13:35, Ed Loach wrote:
> How tagging changes over time...
> RichardF wrote:
>> highway=cycleway, segregated=no achieves all that in two tags
>> rather than
>> seven. :)
> I remember
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Milton_Keynes_Mapping_Party_2009
> where it looks like we (or at least I) only used highway=cycleway, e.g.
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/34669428/history
If they have some legal status beyond being "mere shared cycleways" 
would some sort of designation tag also make sense here?  Currently 
that's used for legal designations such as public footpaths, public 
bridleways (and also I think core paths in Scotland).

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