[Talk-us] Turnouts (US-style passing places)

Alan Mintz Alan_Mintz+OSM at Earthlink.Net
Fri Mar 11 15:38:02 GMT 2011

At 2011-03-11 06:50, Richard Weait wrote:
>On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 9:29 AM, Alan Mintz
><Alan_Mintz+OSM at earthlink.net> wrote:
> > On long or inclined two-lane roads (e.g. in the mountains), there are
> > "turnouts" at regular intervals on each side of road for slower traffic to
> > pull off to allow faster traffic to pass them. These are different than 
> wide
> > spots on a dirt road that are usable by traffic in either direction, which
> > appears to be what the wiki calls a "passing place". Turnouts are clearly
> > for use by only the direction for which they are marked.
> >
> > My problem is not with the terminology itself, but with losing the
> > information about which direction the turnout is for. How about:
> >
> > turnout=forward [turnout used by traffic in the forward direction of the
> > way]
> > turnout=backward [turnout used by traffic opposing the direction of the 
> way]
> >
> > or
> >
> > turnout:forward=yes
> > turnout:backward=yes
>Aren't these simply additional driving lanes?  Why not add lanes= tags
>where appropriate?

Not really. They are 2-4 car lengths long, and not suitable for moving at 
any significant speed (i.e. you pull over and stop). That also would not 
solve the issue of tagging the direction of traffic meant to use the 
turnout - the purpose of my post.

Alan Mintz <Alan_Mintz+OSM at Earthlink.net>

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