[OSM-talk] Pedestrian crossings and barriers

Mike Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Sun Jul 29 11:38:34 BST 2007

At 11:11 AM 29/07/2007, Andy Allan wrote:
>> One
>> question to resolve is the difference between traffic_signals and
>> crossing, since I've been using the former for pelican crossings and the
>> latter for zebra crossings.
>I thought traffic_signals were for vehicular junctions - i.e. both
>pelican and zebra would fall under highway=crossing, but two roads
>meeting at lights would be traffic_signals. Again, something that
>needs clarification on the wiki? 

Yes, indeed. I've taken the alternative that traffic_signals just means traffic signals of any kind.  Australian street gazeteers use this approach and it makes motorist navigation very easy, just count the lights and only then look for a specific street name. And as a pedestrian, it is usually safe to assume that if there are traffic signals shown and no junction, then there is a safe place to cross.


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