[Talk-us] Proper tagging for crosswalks

Jim McAndrew jim at loc8.us
Tue Jun 23 20:35:09 UTC 2015

Paul, Bryan,

Thanks for your help with this! My issue was with bicycle trails that cross
roads, as they usually put a crosswalk in for these cases, but the route
itself can support other non-motorized vehicles. I think this gives me some
good options that would be acceptable.

1) I could use highway=footway, footway=crossing, bicycle=yes -- which is a
little misleading, but could make sense

2) I could also use highway=path, crossing=yes, bicycle=yes -- this seems
better to me, but I don't know if it's acceptable to use crossing without
"connecting" it to a value


On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 2:16 PM, Bryan Housel <bryan at 7thposition.com> wrote:

> It’s ok to map them as either a single intersection node or a way.  Here
> is my understanding from the various wiki pages the document these things,
> and it matches what I see people map in places with sidewalks and
> crosswalks.  Keep in mind, the wiki does seem to change kind of frequently,
> and in my opinion there are too many extra detail crosswalk tags that just
> aren’t used in practice.
> If mapping only the intersection node, `highway=crossing` on that node is
> enough.  If you want to add detail, `crossing=zebra` for a typical striped
> crosswalk, or `crossing=*` for whatever other kind of crosswalk people can
> dream up (there are plenty, see wiki).
> If mapping the crosswalk as a way, I map the node as above, and also map
> the way that crosses the street as `highway=footway + footway=crossing`.
> Again you can add `crossing=zebra` or `crossing=*` for more detail.  These
> don’t conflict with anything, as the ends of the crosswalk typically join
> up with a `highway=footway + footway=sidewalk`.
> iD currently only has a zebra crossing preset, and I think I’m going to
> add an unmarked crossing preset also, following discussion on HOT list.
> Thanks, Bryan
> > On Jun 23, 2015, at 3:46 PM, Jim McAndrew <jim at loc8.us> wrote:
> >
> > I am looking into tagging some crosswalks, and I've just been putting a
> node at the intersection. Some crosswalks are really long though, and I
> think that information is important to the person crossing the road. Is
> there an acceptable way that we can tag a way as a crosswalk without
> interfering with its other tags (ex: highway=crossing on a way could
> interfere with a tag like highway=path).
> >
> > I'd love to hear everyone's opinion on what we can do or why we
> shouldn't try this.
> >
> > --
> > Jim
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