[Talk-us] Sidewalks as footpaths

Bill R. WASHBURN dygituljunky at gmail.com
Thu May 8 14:17:01 UTC 2014

Serge, I disagree with you on not mapping unusable sidewalks. The structure
exists, even if it is in poor repair. I'm not sure we should necessarily be
marking the quality of the path (although that would be useful in the
disability access use case in my previous response). Marking sidewalk
damage would allow a router to send someone on a different route based upon
their ability to overcome obstacles.

Micromapping sidewalk damage would have uses all over the Metro Atlanta
area so it's not really a "special case," as you called it. On the other
hand, I'm not sure I want to start a trend of marking all potholes on the
main roadway, either.

My point is, mark the structures that are there, usable or not. Let's
consider damage (for routing purposes) as a separate question.


On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM, Serge Wroclawski <emacsen at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 7:36 AM, Mike  Dupont
> <jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 4:58 AM, Serge Wroclawski <emacsen at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> I've been an American 35 years and I think this is really not a good
> >> way to model sidewalks.
> >
> >
> > Ok, serge, well how do you address my issues here in Kansas. How will you
> > model that you have sidewalks of different quality for each property on
> both
> > sides.
> I don't know what you mean by "quality" but if a sidewalk isn't usable
> as a sidewalk, then don't label it as such, just as I wouldn't be
> inclined to map a road that's unusable as a usable road.
> > How are we going to model damaged sidewalks as I wrote? Adding in points
> on
> > the sidewalk way?
> If you insist on micromapping, then you can use complex objects like
> relations, but your is a special case, most sidewalks mapped are not
> micromapped in the same way.
> In other words, I wouldn't bother to map sidewalks that are not usable.
> - Serge
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