[Talk-us] Sidewalks as footpaths

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Fri May 2 03:35:59 UTC 2014

Here in Nashville TN, sidewalks in some business districts alternate every few yards between having concrete extend all of the way to the curb, and having planted strips with grass, flowers, and small trees between the sidewalk and the curb. It would be rather tedious to have the tagging have to alternate between sidewalk and footway every few yards.

On April 30, 2014 11:19:31 PM CDT, Russ Nelson <nelson at crynwr.com> wrote:
> Kai Krueger writes:
>  > But in the US (at least in suburbia), the sidewalks are often much
>  > more detached from the road with wide grass strips between
>  > them. They also sometimes aren't entirely parallel to the road.
> Indeed. In Potsdam, NY, we get enough snow that we need those wide
> grass strips to plow the snow onto. But they're not practical in some
> places, so the sidewalk can come close to the road in places. It's
> still a sidewalk, though, and not a "way" of its own.
> There is not a wonderful solution for how do map pedestrian routing
> when it differs from road-associated routing.

John F. Eldredge -- john at jfeldredge.com
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